Purchased for only $100,000 in early 1957, Graceland is almost as iconic as its famous owner, Elvis. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006
My fam made the pilgrimage to the King’s Memphis house to help our daughter cross off one of her Bucket List items. We wandered around the sprawling “farmhouse” listening intently to the tour audio on our individual headsets, as staff, dressed in dark blue, kept us from sneaking into restricted areas. My daughter and I both got in trouble for wandering too far away from the shuttle kiosk. Second time in two weeks I’ve been busted for being where I didn’t belong.
A huge home, more than 17,500 square feet, Graceland is exactly how I imagined – a little kitschy, a little extravagant, and a lot eccentric.
Left as it was when Elvis lived there with his family (mom and dad, and young bride Priscilla), Graceland is a time capsule of the rock legend’s life and career. His trophy room is wallpapered with his many gold and platinum records and the two-story racquetball court was converted to a shrine to his hundreds of international awards.
His elaborate concert jumpsuits were also on display – embroidered and bedazzled in technicolored glory.
The stone wall bordering the front of the estate is completely covered in graffiti, messages from fans from around the world expressing their love for Elvis. And, I was without a Sharpie…
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(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, and/or iPhone4)
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