Graceland II in Holly Springs, Mississippi

At any hour of the day or night, you can ring the doorbell at Graceland II, at 200 East Gholson Avenue in Holly Springs, and for $5pp get a tour from its owner Paul McLeod. It was close to 1am when we knocked. He answered the door in his bathrobe. Each room of his house was covered from floor to ceiling with Elvis memorabilia, the bookshelves were stacked with VHS tapes of every Elvis performance or even passing mention ever aired. He owns 4 copies of every Elvis record. Needless to say, Paul is quite the character. On proud display is the gold lamĂ© suit he plans to be buried in. It’s sometimes hard to follow the stories he tells, they jump in time and place and subject, and his enunciation is hampered by loose dentures. One of the most curious items on display was the electric chair in the backyard, hooked up to car batteries. Not sure what that had to do with Elvis, but we made our excuses and left soon after.

By: Sarah Landau


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