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The family house was very modest, reflecting well the humble nature of Elivs' youth.
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Elvis Presley Birthplace

306 Elvis Presley Dr, Tupelo, MS 38804
Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00am-5:30pm & Sun. 1:00pm-5:00pm
662-841-1245 2 hours
August 2011 All year
$10-29 Tupelo Mississippi
Website Historical Historic Sites
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Elvis Presley Birthplace is a historic site managed by the city of Tupelo. The primary but by no means only attraction here is the house in which Elvis Presley was born and lived as a child before the family moved to Memphis. Additional buildings on site include a historic church, small museum, theatre, gift shop and chapel. There is also a sidewalk with important dates in his life and a story wall with quotes from contemporaries.

Elvis Presley was born in 1935 as an only child and lived in a simple two bedroom house. Although he showed interest in music and singing as a child, Elvis received little recognition. That began to change when the family moved to Memphis in 1948. Here Elvis was influenced by a new music scene, especially a thriving but not mainstream black rhythm and blues. He recorded his first song and 1953 and soon emerged on the national scene. Elvis was arguably the biggest star of the 20th century and had a profound influence on popular culture. Nevertheless, his life was short, dying at 42 in 1977. His boyhood home and some nearby property was purchased by the City of Tupelo in 1957 with funds raised from an Elvis concert.

One can buy a $15 ticket to see all the buildings or get a ticket for $6 to see the house. While the modest historic house is the most interesting attraction on the site, it's worth the extra bread to see other buildings too. These include the small church Elvis attended and where he was influenced by gospel music and also a museum featuring Elvis related memorabilia such as clothing, photos, and records. For reasons that are not entirely clear, no pictures were allowed in the museum. A theatre which was under construction in 2011 is now complete and screens a 30 minute movie about his childhood years. Fans of Elvis will definitely want to stop by and check out this historical attraction. For others, there is less reason to recommend a visit, but it was moderately interesting to see the humble beginnings of this cultural icon.
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