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Thursday, April 15
Graceland was home to the "King of Rock 'n Roll," Elvis Presley.
Located in Memphis, Tennessee, Elvis purchased Graceland in 1957 for $100,000. Located on the former Graceland Farms (named after the original owner’s daughter), Elvis lived there until his death on August 16, 1977 (allegedly of a heart attack). Elvis was buried on-site next to his parents and grandmother.
Graceland was opened to the public in 1982 and now serves as a museum containing many Elvis artifacts including his famous Vegas jumpsuits and his extensive auto collection. Graceland is the second most visited private home in America with over 600,000 visitors a year (only the White House has more annual visitors).