Elvis Presley’s old estate, Graceland, changes things up when his daughter comes to visit. Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie, spent the first nine years of her life living with Elvis on the famous property. The star left the mansion to his daughter after he passed in 1977. In 1982, the home opened up for tours.
Graceland functions as a museum of sorts but will always hold a special place in Lisa Marie’s life, so needless to say, changes need to be made when she comes to town. In a virtual live tour, archivist Angie Marchese discussed Lisa Marie and her family. The family may come to stay in town, but they don’t stay in the home.
“The family…do not stay here at Graceland but they do come here and visit,” she said during the live tour.
Graceland Makes Some Changes Before Family Comes to Town
So what changes to the staff at Graceland actually make? Well first, they bring out the china.
“They don’t use Elvis and Priscilla’s china,” Marchese said, “We do have new china which we’ve purchased for Lisa to use when she’s here.”
She revealed that the China is located in Elvis’s Aunt Delta’s old drawers, which are in her old bedroom right next to the kitchen.
Second, they set up more table space. They set up two tables in the home’s dining room so the family can eat together. Lots of the changes are to both preserve the home while allowing Lisa Marie and her family to visit.
Finally, any kind of tourist attraction often has safety measures in place to prevent tourists from harming or taking things. For Graceland, a large piece of plexiglass rests over the oven to prevent tourists from touching or taking the knobs.
When family comes to town, however, they take the plexiglass off and even turn the stove on.
“We do take the plexiglass off whenever Lisa’s here because all of this still works. And when Lisa’s here and has dinner here at the house, we flip the switch and turn all of this on,” she said in the tour.
Elvis’s Widow, Priscilla, To Return To Graceland Soon
Graceland will have to make changes soon, as Priscilla Presley, Elvis’s widow, is returning to Graceland for “Elvis Week” in August.”Elvis Week” is a series of Elvis-related events hosted by Graceland. It always takes place around the anniversary of Elvis’s death on Aug. 16, 1977.
Every time Elvis’s family comes to visit, Graceland seems to find a way to preserve history while making the famous mansion feel more like home, keeping family happy and history alive.