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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
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Shops
Activities: Shopping
Description: Store where Elvis was claimed to have shopped as a kid.
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This store is full of history. The staff enjoys visiting with you and sharing some of the unusual things they have in the store. They still sell guitars.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
22 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

I just love an old fashioned hardware store and this one even comes with an Elvis story. Stop by and I'm sure the friendly owner will tell you the story too!

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Greenville, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

As you visit downtown Tupelo, you will want to stop by the hardware store where Elvis and his mother went shopping for his 10th Birthday. The store, now in the 4th generation of the Booth family, will make you feel welcome and love telling the story as they show you to the duct taped "X" in front of the sales... More

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Saltburn-by-the-Sea, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

The story goes Elvis wanted an air rifle or a bike for his birthday....his mother wanted neither as they were both likely to injure him one way or another...he got a guitar...great place to visit if you're doing the whole Elvis trail from his birthplace up into Memphis.

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Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

This place has not changed either, they have one person who waits on Elvis fans, can you believe it. Again as in the whole town the people are friendly and great. The lady tells the story about Elvis and waits on you. Had to buy a t-shirt.

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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232 reviews 232 reviews
54 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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