The house that Elvis purchase for Vernon
We all know that Graceland was Glady's home and that Elvis when Vernon re-marry din't like the idea of Dee Presley living in Graceland,so he purchase this house behind Graceland for his father and Dee.After the house was sold to Dona Presley and Im not sure,but I heard that she open the house to cash in?Am I wrong?If I am my apologies,but I wanted to know.some info will be apreciated.:)
The house that Elvis bought for Vernon
Welcome to the home of Vernon Presley. Elvis had this home built for his father as a wedding present. It is directly in back of Graceland.If you sit in the backyard at Vernon's home the barn at Graceland is to the right.
For Elvis week 2001 I was the guest of Donna Presley Early. She asked me to come to Memphis and we would open the house for Elvis week free of charge.
I jumped at the chance. I have been talking to Donna on the phone for a while now . We have become good friends. I am going to bring you through the house and tell you about it , just like it would have been if you were there with us.
The house was painted only a week before the open house. The brick fence was also painted. The fence was added on later by Vernon and Dee. The car port was also added later. Look above the car port in the 3rd photo. The silver roof you see is the barn at Graceland
Photo of Buddy's Cadillac. Donna standing in front of the limousine. Also an inside photo of it. This was the first time I was ever in one. By the end of my time in Memphis , I was ready to get back into a regular car again.
We will now enter the house by the side door. This at one time was the garage. It became the front room and the carport was built. Please note the two lions at the side door . There is also a set at the front entrance. The bottom pedestals are from Graceland . They came from the Meditation Gardens. Donna added the liomo
This is the front room. This is where Donna spent most of her time greeting the fans. The name of the guard at the door is Jim. He was also the limo driver. We became good friends. We had three guards during the day and one at night. Even with the three during the day some fans decided to take a piece of Vernon's home with them. We lost an air-conditioning vent out of the bathroom and out of the hallway. The second photo is of Donna and me. The third is a photo of Pauline Nicholson. She was one of the cooks at Graceland. She still cooks for Lisa Marie and Priscilla when they are in Memphis. She told some great stories about Elvis. There wasn't a dry eye in the house by the time she finished.
We will now step up into the dining room. From this room if you turn left you will enter the sunroom. If you turn right you head into the kitchen. The stairs lead to the second floor where the Stanley brothers had there bedrooms. If you go straight down the hall from this room there is a bathroom to the right. This is where one of the air vents were taken from. Continue down the hall to Vernon's room.
Photos of the sun room. All paintings where done by Diane Magrann.The painting in the second photo is my favorite.
The sunroom was added on after Elvis had it built. If you go through the glass sliding doors it will bring you to the pool and the pool house.
This was Vernon's kitchen. During the open house This is where Kathy Westmoreland signed her photographs and posters for the fans.
Kathy Westmoreland and me. Kathy was a wonderful lady. I look forward to seeing her again next year.
This is a sitting room now. When Vernon was here it was his office. When Dee and Vernon wasn't getting along it became his bedroom said David Stanley. David was one of Elvis's stepbrothers. The glass sliding door to the right leads to the master bedroom. The glass door was there for privacy when it was a office.
This is Vernon's bedroom. It was also mine while I stayed there. It took me a few nights to calm down. I just couldn't get out of my mind where I was and who lived here. also Elvis would visit here and hang to get away from things.
The Jacuzzi is also six foot deep. I have a problem with sleepwalking and was worried I would wake up in it. To the right of the Jacuzzi is a private bath.
This is the back yard with swimming pool and pool house. The pool house is a large room with two small dressing rooms. The pool and pool house are both in badly need of repair. Donna hopes to have them completed before the next open house. If you look in the second photo over the fence and under the tree you can see some brown mobile homes. Elvis purchased them for Donna and her family to live in. Elvis loved his family and wanted them to be close to him.
David Stanley told me while he was at the open house The pool house was the only place Vernon would let him play his drums. He also said he was in a small band and they would practice there. Elvis would sometimes come over to jam with them.
He also said the right side of the white fence would roll to the right allowing Elvis or Vernon to drive the pickup into the yard.
Vernon lost the home to Dee in the divorce. Dee sold it back to Vernon Vernon lived there until Elvis passed in 1977.He then moved to Graceland. But before he did he had the upstairs deck removed so the new owners could not see into Graceland.
NOTE:Credit Elvis 2001