Holly Springs, Mississippi: Graceland Too

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Address:
200 E. Gholson Ave., Holly Springs, MS
Directions:
Near the town center, a few blocks east of Hwy 7, one block south of E. Vandom Ave. At the corner of Gholson Ave. and Randolph St.
Hours:
Always, just knock.
Admission:
$5.
RA Rates:
Major Fun
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Graceland Too. Graceland Too
An extensive Elvis shrine in a pink mansion. It's the real deal, open 24/7 and curated by obsessed Elvis fan Paul McLeod. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Graceland Too, Pt 2
Part 2 of our visit with Elvis fan Paul McLeod. Roadsideamerica.com Report...

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Graceland Too. Graceland Too

Well well well. We were in awe of Graceland Too. Keep up with him, you might miss something. Quite busy, but a must for Elvis fans. Town is pretty cool. House getting painted again.

[James the Route Pro, 07/06/2013]
Graceland Too. Graceland Too

Glad we stopped. Please read the full story on RA. We knew what to expect. Paul was on his front porch waiting for visitors. He took us in the front door and locked it behind him. Would have been creepy if we didn't read the background story.

He likes to keep attention on him at all times and likes to "tap" your shoulder if his high pitched whistle didn't get you the first time. The house is now under "renovation" inside and out. There is a lot of chain link fence inside protecting his items. The house on the outside is now brown and blue and white.

Fascinating character and glad we met him.

[Tansy Ridings, 06/18/2013]
Graceland Too

My husband got out and knocked on the door of Graceland Too, to no avail. Not to be deterred after our long drive, I went and knocked. And knocked. And knocked. I heard a "Yeah...hold on" from the other side of the black iron door, and our adventure began.

Mr. McLeod opened the door and our senses were immediately overpowered by the smell of Elvis. Not the fried-banana-and peanut-butter-sandwich smell of Memphis, but the boxed up memory smell of a true collector. We entered the house through the foyer, where Paul began his narrative, a quick-paced mental recording that switched on as soon as we asked for a tour. We were led into a small room that has records for wall coverings, a gold lame suit Mr. Paul wants to be buried in and a coffin that plays "return to sender" when the top closes.

I made the mistake of trying to look at the records as Paul pointed out, a motion he apparently does NOT like. He does indeed have an extensive Elvis record collection, artifacts, photos and newspaper clippings -- but he is the attraction.

You almost want to hit the door running and never come back, but Paul, with his slipping dentures, slicked-back pompadour, Hawaiian shirt and earnest looks, is almost like a magnet that you know will draw you back. Which is good, because, after 3 trips through the house, you become a Lifetime Member, complete with membership card.

[Sarah, 03/09/2010]

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