Elvis Presley Birthplace – Tupelo, MS

306 Elvis Presley Drive
Tupelo, Misssippi
662-841-1245
www.elvispresleybirthplace.com
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday (May-September); 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (October through April) and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday year round. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The most significant landmark of Tupelo’s modern history is a modest, two-room house where the King of Rock & Roll was born on January 8, 1935. From this humble beginning, Elvis Presley began his swift rise to become the world’s most popular entertainer.

The house, built by his father with $180, draws over 50,000 visitors each year from across the world.

Tupelo bought the house and land with money provided from a 1956 Tupelo concert by Elvis himself, who wanted a park for neighborhood children. As an official Mississippi landmark, the birthplace is part of the 15-acre Elvis Presley Park. It includes expansion of the main parking lot to accommodate motorcoaches, a garden walkway system, new entrance signs, an expanded gift shop and beautiful landscaping.

The Elvis Presley Memorial Museum has been remodele to better explain the early days of Elvis in rural Mississippi and how his roots influenced his future. The Chapel, built by donations from his fans, is a popular attraction in the park offering a time for meditation.

The large Main Building on the grounds houses the museum as well as a spacious gift shop, with more than 1,300 square feet of shop, office and storage space. In August, 2003, a story wall was unveiled offering a collection of original, unedited stories from people who knew Elvis during his Tupelo days. The “Walk of Life”, which surrounds the house where Elvis was born, is a scored concrete circle with dated granite blocks denoting each year of Elvis’ life from 1935 to 1977. The 1948 block marks the year in which Elvis and his family left for Memphis, and it leads to the “Elvis at 13” bronze statue, which was unveiled on Elvis’ 67th birthday and memorializes Elvis as a young boy wearing overalls and carrying a guitar. From there the walkway leads to “The Fountain of Life”, a beautiful water feature, which is a complete circle representing Elvis’ life in Tupelo. As you wind around the walkway you can view a 1939 green Plymouth 4-door sedan, similar to the car in which he and his family rode to Memphis in. It was the year of 1948 when the transformation of Elvis, as a young Tupelo boy began his journey as Elvis, the world’s greatest entertainer.

Tupelo Automobile Museum – Tupelo, MS

1 Otis Drive
662-842-4242
www.tupeloauto.com
info@tupeloauto.com
Hours: Open 7 days a week; M-Sat. 9:00AM-4:30PM and Sunday Noon – 4:30PM. Closed Christmas, New Year Day, Easter and Thanksgiving.

Featuring 120,000 square feet of automobile displays and open viewing restoration bays, the Tupelo Automobile Museum is a dream for car lovers or for those who just want to stroll down memory lane.

Over 100 antique, classic and collectible automobiles, chronologically displayed, illustrate the progress of over 100 years of automobile design and engineering. A self-guided tour starts with an 1886 Benz, representing the birth of the automobile and culminates with a never-driven 1994 Dodge Viper. The collection, valued at over $6 million, includes a rare Tucker, a Lincoln previously owned by Elvis Presley, other movie and celebrity vehicles, Hispano Suizas, a Duesenberg and many more rare brands and American favorites.

The collection was put together to illustrate the advancement of the automotive body and mechanical designs from the late 1800’s forward. These include steam and electric vehicles of the late 1800’s and early 1900’s to the various advancements such as pneumatic tires, electric starters and numerous attempts to find a replacement for the manual transmission.

Ongoing vehicle restoration projects can be viewed through windows into restoration areas. The automobiles under restoration will be added to the display area as they are completed.

The museum is available for private and corporate functions and special group tours.

The Christmas Star Program – French Camp, MS

Rainwater Observatory in French Camp Mississippi will be offering a free program for the Christmas season called “The Christmas Star”. This program will be presented on Friday, December 9, 2011, starting at 7:00 p.m. by Edwin Faughn, managing director of Rainwater Observatory.

The Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem” has been debated among scientists and theologians for centuries. Was it a comet, supernova, planetary conjunction or a totally supernatural event that announced the birth of Jesus Christ? Edwin will lead us on an exciting and informative journey and help us discover more about this incredible celestial event using the latest biblical as well as scientific research.

Edwin Faughn is also an artist and lecturer specializing in space sciences and has presented hundreds of presentations to diverse groups including but not limited to universities, museums, science centers, schools, churches of most major denominations and other faith based and civic organizations. His original artwork has been featured in and on the covers of numerous international space science magazines, exhibitions and planetarium productions. A few of his credits include Scientific American, Federal Express World Headquarters and the world premiere of Titanic: The Exhibition. He also served nearly 20 years as the art director for the Sharpe Planetarium of the Pink Palace Family of Museums in Memphis, Tennessee.

After the presentation, weather permitting, an observing session will be held using Rainwater’s collection of telescopes including the largest in Mississippi. The planetarium can be used if the outdoor observing is clouded out. Rainwater Observatory and Planetarium is located one mile east of the Natchez Trace Parkway off MS Highway 413 near the village of French Camp in Mississippi.

For more information contact Edwin Faughn at Rainwater Observatory: 662-547-7283 or info@rainwaterobservatory.org.

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Looking for Lodging? French Camp Bed and Breakfast Inn is located a mile from Rainwater Observatory.

The Council House Cafe is also located a mile away from Rainwater Observatory.