Country Throwback: Watch This Home Video of Elvis Riding a Tractor Around Graceland

by Jacklyn Krol

A home movie of Elvis Presley riding a tractor around Graceland has surfaced.

The Video of Elvis Presley

The home movie was filmed back in 1956 and 1957 at his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Furthermore, the film is part of the Davidson Family Collection and was uploaded to YouTube for the world to enjoy.

The minute-long color film does not have any sound but rather a soundtrack. It shows The King getting his tractor stuck in the mud. Soon after, we find Colonel Tom Parker, his manager, greeting his children at the famous gates.

Watch the video, below.

All About Graceland

Elvis’ farm was originally owned by Stephen C. Toof, who owned the oldest commercial printing firm in Memphis. He was also the pressroom foreman for the Memphis Daily Appeal newspaper. The estate, “Graceland,” was named after Mrs. Moore’s aunt Grace Toof. The actual estate is located at 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard. Graceland was built in 1939. Architects Furbringer and Ehrman designed the home in a Colonial Revival style.

Elvis asked his parents, Gladys and Vernon, to find a property for the family to call home. They bought the land for $102,500 for Graceland which would be about $924,000 with inflation. Additionally, the property was roughly 13 acres and 10,000 square feet. The land has expanded to 17,500 square feet.

Elvis’ home is a famous museum today. Originally, Elvis was laid to rest at Forest Hill Cemetery. However, several attempts were made to steal his body. So Elvis and his mother, Gladys, were reinterred into the garden at his home. He is buried alongside his parents and his grandmother, Minnie Mae Presley. His daughter, Lisa Marie Presley became the owner of the home in 1977 after her father’s tragic death.

On June 7, 1982, Graceland opened its doors to the public as a museum. Not to mention, it is now on the list of the National Register of Historic Places and a National Historic Landmark. Moreover, it is the second most-visited house in the country after The White House.

Fun Facts

Graceland has 23 rooms with eight bathrooms and bedrooms. Despite being so large, it only have five staircases. An area upstairs is private as Elvis sought refuge from the undeniably tough limelight there.

Finally, countless people have tried to break into Graceland to meet the man himself. Bruce Springsteen was one of those people. However, at the time he attempted to break in, Elvis was out of town.