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The Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo

A Tiny Home for the "King of Rock n Roll"

I can only imagine how bitter-sweet that winter day was in 1935. As I stand in the tiny front room of the two-room house where Elvis Presley was born, the reality of how poor his family was is palpable.

Elvis Aron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi. His identical twin, Jessie Garon, arrived first but was still-born.

As the tour guide puts it, “The doctor was ready to leave but the midwife convinced him to stay because she thought there was another baby coming.”

Elvis Presley Birthplace
306 Elvis Presley Drive
Tupelo, MS 38801
662-841-1245

This story was posted on January 8, 2013 and updated in Jan. 2020.

Elvis Presley birthplace in Tupelo, MS
Elvis Presley Birthplace, the two-room house where Elvis was born January 8, 1935

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Front room at Elvis Presley birthplace.
Elvis was born in the front room.
The kitchen table in the Elvis Presley birthplace.
Today there is wallpaper but according to the guide, the Presley family covered the wall with newspaper as insulation.

78 years later I can hardly wrap my head around the story. Today, we know so much about babies before they’re born. It seems impossible a medical doctor wouldn’t have known Gladys Presley was having twins.

Presley family portrait.
The Presley family portrait.

The Presley family lived in the tiny dwelling in Tupelo until Elvis was two and a half years old. They lost the house Vernon Presley purchased for $180 due to lack of payment.

Vernon and Gladys took odd jobs and moved from place to place while living in Tupelo, but times were hard and the depression took its toll on the Presley family.

Eventually, in 1948, Vernon moved the family to Memphis in hopes of finding work and making a better life.

But Elvis never forgot those early years in Tupelo and returned nine years later to perform a benefit concert for the city. He performed under the condition the proceeds would be used to purchase the old home and turn the land into a park.

Memphis Bound car at Elvis Presley birthplace
The "Memphis Bound" car on display outside the visitor center.

Elvis Presley Visitor Center

Today, the Elvis Presley Birthplace welcomes visitors from around the world. There’s a museum, gift shop, and film about the family’s time in Tupelo in addition to the home, chapel and a “Memphis-Bound” old-time car.

Elvis Presley's childhood church in Tupelo, MS.
Exterior of the Elvis Presley birthplace visitor center.
Elvis Presley Visitor Center

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Elvis Presley fans will find the birthplace a must-see location. However, even if you’re only slightly interested – the story of the King of Rock-n-Roll’s impoverished beginnings is compelling.

When planning your visit, you’ll want to allocate at least an hour and a half to immerse yourself in the Elvis experience. Follow the timeline and be sure to enjoy the museum, film, and the grounds. The fountains, bridge, and gardens make a pilgrimage to Elvis’ birthplace feel almost like a spiritual journey. The gift shop is pretty outstanding too!

Bronze statue of Elvis at13.
Elvis at 13.
Fountain at Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo.
Fountain of Life has significant meaning and represents Elvis' life in Tupelo and Memphis.

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