Nearly 60 years ago, one of the world’s greatest musical artists purchased a plot of land that would become an incredibly famed entity of its very own.
Graceland, as it was named, was purchased by Elvis Presley in the spring of 1957 for just over $100,000 at the young age of 22. Ever since the superstar first took up residence there, the world has been increasingly fascinated with the home and all of its unique features – many of which Presley added after purchase. It has been said that his extensive renovations of the home totaled more than five times the purchase price.
Over the years, many famous people have visited the historic site – both to pay a visit to Elvis during his lifetime, and also in the time since his passing to see the life lived by one of the world’s most influential performers.
Now, the famous estate of the legendary King of Rock and Roll welcomes one of the most iconic visitors it has ever seen!
On May 3rd 2016, Graceland opened it’s gates for Tiffany and Robert Greenoak who were in town for their honeymoon. Upon approaching the front steps of the mansion, the couple were greeted by Jack Soden, CEO of Elvis Presley Enterprises with a very special announcement: they were Graceland’s 20 Millionth Visitor!
Since first opening for tours on June 7th, 1982, Graceland has welcomed hundreds-of-thousands of guests each year, all culminating in this incredible milestone these newlyweds were able to experience!
“We played Elvis music at our wedding, so for us as a couple, this trip to Memphis has tremendous meaning. It has been a dream to visit Graceland. I just can’t believe we’re here. We both grew up with Elvis music in our homes, our mums were big fans,” Tiffany told BusinessWire. “It says a lot that 20 million people have been here and to turn out to be the 20 millionth visitor is an incredible honor. We’ll have to come back for our anniversary and maybe we’ll be the 40 millionth visitor.”
Priscilla Presley also congratulated the couple with a private phone call as they stood on the steps of Graceland. On top of welcoming the pair for this huge celebration, they received an invitation and complimentary stay at Graceland’s new resort which will open in October 2016.
Additionally, other visitors can join in on the celebration, too! Every day through the 22nd of May, one online entry will win a special Elvis prize pack and a single grand-prize winner will be selected from the daily winners for a getaway to Memphis that includes a private tour of the property, three-night stay, and tickets to area attractions.
Visitors can also win prize packs by checking in on social media when they arrive at the homestead!
What a great honor for them to share with a special piece of Elvis’ history!
Watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at Graceland!
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