On March 19, 1957, Elvis Presley put a down payment on Graceland, a mansion on the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee. Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about Elvis Presley's iconic Southern mansion...
Elvis Didn’t Name His Estate Graceland The name "Graceland" will forever be associated with Elvis, but the King didn't actually name the property. The mansion was named by the family who originally owned the property, The Moores. Presley purchased Graceland from Mrs. Ruth Brown Moore, who named the property after her aunt, Grace Toof. The King purchased Graceland when he was only 22 years old for $102,50.
A Famous Musician Trespassed on The Property
Bruce “The Boss” Springsteen was such a big fan of Elvis Presley that he hopped over the fence at Graceland one evening in 1976, hoping to meet his idol. Unfortunately for him, however, Graceland had security guards as well as large dogs. Security guards on the estate caught him and escorted him out. He wouldn’t have been able to meet Elvis anyway because the King wasn’t even home at the time. Unfortunately, Bruce Springsteen never got to meet his idol, who died in 1977.
The Upstairs is Sealed Off to the Public
Graceland mansion encompasses 17,552 square feet and opened to the public on June 7, 1982, as a museum with a large part of it available to the public. The second floor containing the master suite has been kept off-limits to the public. In fact, only Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley and the Graceland curator are allowed in. It was in the bathroom of the second floor suite that Presley's body was found after his death on Aug. 16, 1977.
700,000 People Flock to Graceland Every Year That means this is the second most visited home in America. Over 700,000 visitors head to Graceland every year to check out Elvis’ iconic home. The only other home in the United States that gets more visitors and more attention? The White House!
He Spent a Lot of Money on Groceries A book published in 1991 focused on food that Elvis loved and insisted to be kept in stock at Graceland all the time. We all know about the King's love of fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, but People reports that the superstar also required several other things in his pantry and fridge. Under the category of drinks, he required that a case of Pepsi and orange soda be on hand. Brownies and banana pudding were required to be on hand every night as well as the ingredients needed to make meatloaf. Canned biscuits, sauerkraut, and hamburger fixings were other culinary staples kept on hand at Graceland.