In October, we took you “Beyond the Ropes” with our first Unseen Graceland post. We’re back again with another Unseen Graceland feature, and this time we’re focusing on the details of Elvis’ home, cars and more.
Thousands of fans visit Graceland, the car museum and other exhibits on the property, and they see so much, but there’s still even more to discover. From hidden fixtures to used appliances, let’s dig into the details of some of Elvis’ most beloved parts of his home.
The kitchen was a busy hub at Graceland, and Elvis was always happy to have his guests’ favorite meals prepared for them. Fans simply walk through the kitchen on the way to the basement, but if you open the drawers – and we ask that you don’t, because the drawers are beyond the ropes – you’ll find all of the utensils that were used to cook delicious meals at Graceland.
As fans move from the dining room to the kitchen, they walk by – and usually don’t even notice – a staircase that leads upstairs. That’s OK, because upstairs is off limits, but fans do miss this stunning light fixture that hangs in that stair way. The beautiful jewels provide a colorful show when it’s turned on.
Hay, hay and more hay – what else can you expect to find in a barn loft? The horses here at Graceland, several of which are rescues, would surely love this photo. The horses currently kept at Graceland are Bandit, a rescued Quarter Horse; Candy, a Tennessee Walking Horse; and Max, another rescued horse. A Golden Palomino named Tucker is here in honor of Elvis’ Golden Palomino, Rising Sun, which inspired him to name the barn the House of the Rising Sun.
Now let’s take a peek inside Elvis’ rides – there are plenty of surprises in the car museum.
Elvis’ pink Cadillac is a sight to behold. The cool thing is, it’s just as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside. Elvis purchased his famous pink Cadillac in 1955 and later gave it to his mother, Gladys. The matching pink interior still looks flawless. The “E” in the floorboard is the perfect finishing touch. It’s definitely a Cadillac fit for a king – or his mama.
Elvis had the latest and greatest technology of his time, including this smooth car phone in his Mercedes limousine, on display at the car museum. Wonder who he called from that limo? Fans may recognize this vehicle from “Elvis on Tour.”
You can see Elvis’ 1960 black Rolls Royce in the car museum, but you may not be able to see the backseat so well. Elvis had a support shelf in the back, which no doubt came in handy. The man thought of everything.
If you want to know more about Elvis’ life and career, visit Graceland! If you’ve already visited, come on back – there are always new exhibits and artifacts to discover. You’ll experience, learn about and see plenty, even if you aren’t allowed beyond the ropes. There’s always something special to experience at the King’s castle.