Birthplace of Elvis
The most significant landmark of Tupelo's modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world's most popular entertainer.
The house, built by his father with $180, draws over 50,000 visitors each year from across the world.
Tupelo bought the house and land with money provided from a 1956 Tupelo concert by Elvis himself, who wanted a park for neighborhood children. As an official Mississippi landmark, the birthplace is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. It includes expansion of the main parking lot to accommodate motorcoaches, a garden walkway system, new entrance signs, an expanded gift shop and beautiful landscaping.
The Elvis Presley Memorial Museum has been remodeled to better explain the early days of Elvis in rural Mississippi and how his roots influenced his future. The Chapel, built by donations from his fans, is a popular attraction in the park offering a time for meditation.
Elvis Presley Museum
The large Main Building on the grounds houses the museum as well as a spacious gift shop, with more than 1,300 square feet of shop, office and storage space. In August, 2003, a story wall was unveiled offering a collection of original, unedited stories from people who knew Elvis during his Tupelo days. The "Walk of Life", which surrounds the house where Elvis was born, is a scored concrete circle with dated granite blocks denoting each year of Elvis' life from 1935 to 1977. The 1948 block marks the year in which Elvis and his family left for Memphis, and it leads to the "Elvis at 13" bronze statue, which was unveiled on Elvis' 67th birthday and memorializes Elvis as a young boy wearing overalls and carrying a guitar. From there the walkway leads to "The Fountain of Life", a beautiful water feature, which is a complete circle representing Elvis' life in Tupelo. As you wind around the walkway you can view a 1939 green Plymouth 4-door sedan, similar to the car in which he and his family rode to Memphis in. It was the year of 1948 when the transformation of Elvis, as a young Tupelo boy began his journey as Elvis, the world's greatest entertainer.
The Elvis Presley self-Guided driving tour leads to some of the most significant locations of Elvis' life in Tupelo.
- The previous Assembly of God Church, location where Elvis and his family attended church under the pastor of Rev. Frank Smith
- Lawhon Elementary School, the first school Elvis attended
- Johnnie's Drive-In, where Elvis shared moments with friend James Ausborne, while enjoying a cheeseburger and RC Cola
- Shakerag, a significant part of Elvis' past where he gained influence from sanctified gospel and blues music
- Tupelo Fairgrounds, where Elvis performed concerts in 1956 and 1957
- Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis bought his first guitar
- Lee County Courthouse, where Elvis performed his first live radio show hosted by Mississippi Slim and WELO
- The previous Mayhorn's Grocery Store, where Elvis used to sit on the porch and listen to blues and gospel music in the neighborhood where he lived
- Lee County Library, where Elvis received his first library card
- Milam Jr. High, last school Elvis attended before moving to Memphis.
The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum
306 Elvis Presley Drive
9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (May-September); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (October through April) and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday year round. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Group tour information is available upon request. For more information, contact Dick Guyton at 662-841-1245 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 662-841-1245 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.elvispresleybirthplace.com.
For information on the Driving Tour call 1-800-533-0611.
Elvis Presley® Festival
A Hometown Tribute to the King of Rock 'n Roll®
Held annually the first weekend in June, the Elvis Presley Festival is Tupelo's tribute to their most famous native son. The weekend is filled with music, food and fun on the streets of Downtown Tupelo. For more information, call 888-273-7798 or visit www.tupeloelvisfestival.com.