Elvis Presley Birthplace Part 1

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Elvis Presley Birthplace Part 1

Having lived near Tupelo, MS, my entire life, I have been by Elvis Presley’s Birthplace hundreds of times. Every time, I think, ‘He lived the American dream’. He was born in a modest two-room house his father built and rose to superstardom. I think everyone would agree he changed music forever. If you find yourself traveling between Birmingham, AL, and Memphis, TN, make a point to stop in Tupelo, MS. Visit the birthplace and Tupelo Hardware, where Elvis purchased his first guitar. You’ll be glad you did.

Elvis Presley birthplace

Elvis Presley Birthplace

Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo, MS, on January 8, 1935. He lived in this modest, two-room house that his father, Vernon, built. He lived in Tupelo for the first 13 years of his life.

This is the house that Elvis lived in. A very simple two-room ‘Shot Gun’ house.

Elvis Presley birthplace
birthplace Elvis Presley sign

The gray sidewalk in the background of this picture contains dated granite blocks denoting each year of Elvis’ life.

birthplace Elvis Presley sign

Elvis’s father, Vernon, his grandfather, Jessie, and his uncle, Vester, built the home in 1934 for $180.

The city of Tupelo purchased the home in 1957. Elvis wanted a park for children and donated profits from a 1957 concert to fund it. They have restored the house to its original condition and decorated it with period furniture. The public can tour it.

statue of young Elvis Presley

“Elvis at 13” Statue

At the suggestion of a fan, the Elvis Presley Foundation commissioned a bronze statue in his likeness at age 13. The statue, pictured above, displays steps from his house. It portrays him in overalls, a simple long-sleeved shirt, and plain shoes to depict the poverty of those early years.

statue of young Elvis Presley

The statue is life-size. The sculptor worked from photographs (now displayed in the museum) to determine his facial features and body size. Designers calculated his height from a sixth-grade class picture by comparing himself to other classmates and by measuring the brick and mortar in the background wall.

In August 2002, fans unveiled and dedicated the statue.

As well, it is one of the most popular photo areas at the memorial.

 Elvis Presley music trail sign
 Elvis Presley fountain in Tupelo MS

The Fountain of Life.

Fountain and markers representing his 13 years in Tupelo. As well, the 29 lower spouts represent his remaining years in Memphis.

an article in the Commercial Appeal about Elvis' move to Memphis

Next is an article in the Commercial Appeal about Elvis’s move to Memphis.

This is the model and year car that the Presley's drove in their move to Memphis.

This is the model and year car that the Presleys drove in their move to Memphis. However, it is not the actual car.

1939 green Plymouth sedan. It is parked northwest in the direction of Memphis.

As well, it’s a 1939 green Plymouth sedan. It faces northwest toward Memphis.

This is the first part of a series on the history of Elvis’s birthplace in Tupelo, MS. I hope you have enjoyed the tour. For the Second part of this series, check out Elvis Presley quitars.

Check out every article in this series, beginning with Elvis Presley’s Birthplace Part 1. For tours and ticket information, check out the official Elvis Presley Birthplace site. Enjoy this resource Elvis, Food, Tours: Tupelo Ms in 24 Hours, when planning your trip to Tupelo. More information.


  1. I love visiting the humble beginnings of famous people, so this place is definitely up my alley. I’ve put it on my to-do list next when I’m visiting the South!

  2. I love exploring historic sites like this. I’m not the world’s biggest Elvis fan, but I totally dig places like this and stories of humble beginnings that turn into legends. Thanks for taking me with you via this post and pics!

  3. There is a lot of music history in Tupelo. There’s also a cheap burger spot I heard about. I would love to see all this and try that place too.

  4. This is great, I am working on a trip for my mom and uncle who both LOVE Elvis! This would be a great addition for them!

  5. What an interesting place to visit and learn about one of America’s greatest rock stars! Adding this to my list when I head to the south. Thanks!

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  8. Wow – I'm a huge Elvis fan and would love to make this trip! My parents took us kids back in the 80's, but I don't remember squat. I forsee us taking a little roadtrip to visit Tupelo some day. Everything looks beautifully maintained!

  9. Thanks so much for sharing. I enjoyed the tour. Like most folks, I loved Elvis. It's amazing to see where he came from. I guess remembering his roots is what made him such a giving person.

  10. How cool is that? Love your pictures 🙂 It's hard for me to imagine building a house for $180 …. even knowing back in 1934 it was a lot of money!

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