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Tupelo Hardware Company

114 W. Main Street, Main & Front Streets, Tupelo, MS 38804
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Ranked #4 of 14 attractions in Tupelo
Type: Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping
Description: Store where Elvis was claimed to have shopped as a kid.
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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014 via mobile

Just stepping through the door you could feel like the day Elvis walked in with his Mom for his first guitar (although apparently he wanted a rifle). It's got a nice corner set up to where Elvis got his guitar. We talked to the Owner and he was very nice to talk with and this was the highlight of our... More

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Bella Vista, Arkansas
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

You can get just about any hardware you need at this diversified, old-fashioned, general hardware store, but don't leave until you've been given the grand tour of the guitars! This is where Elvis Presley, as a child, bought his first guitar. You can have your picture taken where he bought it. We even had Christmas cards made from the picture... More

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Phoenix, AZ
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

I was surprised that for as much marketing that is done to promote the hardware store as "the place" where Elvis's music career began that a visit to the store was very, well, underwhelming. I expected there to be more, but I entered the store and it was just a hardware store. If you look closely there is a very... More

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Hattiesburg, Mississippi
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197 reviews 197 reviews
51 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

PAH-LEEZ It has been suggested Elvis's parents bought a guitar at this store in 1940's. There's always been some suggestions of "this or that" about Elvis. You know, The next time I'm at the 7-11 store in Nampa Idaho, I'm going to ask him the answer. I'll agree with other reviews that perhaps it may be nice to see a... More

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Dover, Delaware
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65 reviews 65 reviews
13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

From a nostalgic perspective, visiting a store where a rock and roll legend bought his first guitar is pretty cool. From the perspective of visiting this hardware store as a tourist attraction, or some kind of shrine, it is a bit odd. The cool stories that others have told about visiting the hardware store, I did not see anyone telling... More

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Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
25 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

If you are visiting Tupelo then you must be an Elvis fan as it is where he was born, grew up and where his mother bought him his first Guitar. It was at this hardware store where she bought it and there is a great storey to b e heard here. Although all the staff were extremely friendly with no... More

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

This is an awesome hardware store, looks like they have anything and everything you would need just like the old hardware stores used to be. There is a man there named Howard that really enjoy's telling Elvis stories, it you are going because you are an Elvis fan do not miss this place.

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Midwestern, Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

This store was the best part of our trip to Tupelo. It's easy to find and there is no cost to get in, as it is still an active hardware store. Ask for Howard and he will tell you all about Elvis' guitar purchase as well as other interesting stories. If you enjoy history or old buildings you will love... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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53 reviews 53 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

Such a neat part of Tupelo history. They usually have anything you're looking far, including hard-to-find hardware, so you'll enjoy shopping here. A very charming store that Probably hasn't changed much since Elvis' family shopped here.

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place operates just as it did way back when. If they don't have it.......nobody makes it. Elvis got his first guitar there. Very friendly staff. Ask for Don. He knows the store inside and out.

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