Wanted: Memories of Elvis' MS Ranch, Honeymoon Spot

Wanted: Memories of Elvis' MS Ranch, Honeymoon Spot

The group's called The Circle G Foundation. Members are trying to collect memories of the ranch, hoping those stories will resonate with Mississippi historians.
HORN LAKE, MS (abc24.com) - Just in time for Valentine's Day, there are new efforts to save the place where Elvis spent his honeymoon.

The King of Rock and Roll and Priscilla stayed in Horn Lake, Mississippi at Elvis' ranch "The Circle G."

It's for sale and run down, and it's been that way for years. A group of international fans has been pushing to restore it the last two years.

The group is called The Circle G Foundation. Members are trying to collect memories of the ranch, hoping those stories will resonate with Mississippi historians.

"It's our attempt to get together unique memories of the ranch before, during and after Elvis' ownership," says Lesley Pilling, who's speaking and working from her home in England to save Elvis' former ranch in Mississippi.

"Anything to make people realize how important and how significant it is," she says. "We're getting memories of people that knew the ranch and were there when Elvis owned it."

She wants to hear about anything and everything involving the place where Elvis spent his honeymoon and kept his horses.

"We're hoping to get recognition by the state with the Mississippi Heritage Trust," she says, in order to put the Circle G on the state's list of ten most endangered sites.

Pilling has been trying to add the ranch to the national historic register but "we're having a few problems because of the age of the ranch. It hasn't reached the threshold yet."

It's four years short. She's worried the ranch won't be there in four more years when it qualifies.

"It's just a lovely place to be and it's ruining, it's all falling down," says Tony Benison, another Elvis fan from England.

"I'd just like to appeal to anybody in the area that has any memories of the ranch," Pilling says. "We've got 29 ambassadors around the world. People in the US, Australia, South Africa, Italy, France, and Germany."

You can submit ideas directly at www.circlegfoundation.co.uk or at the DeSoto County Museum or Horn Lake library.
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