Press Release from circlegranch.com
Plans include the relocation and restoration of the historic Honeymoon Cottage to the interior of the property near the horse stables, which will also be restored. An arena will be created next to the stables for horse and pony rides, shows, and equine therapy, to help those with developmental challenges. Elvis’s barbecue pit will be recreated in its existing location, using the remaining original bricks. The 55-foot cross and the bridge across the 14-acre lake will be refurbished and repainted.
A dynamic water feature will be installed within the lake, as well as a stage for performances, located on the west side of the lake. A grassed terrace seating area will be available for approximately 500 guests to enjoy multimedia water, light and music shows in the natural environment. A parking area and walking paths will be established to access the attractions. The destination will be a paid attraction.
The investors, led by managing partner, Buddy Runnels Jr. of Real Estate International, Inc., are striving to preserve the features from Elvis’s ownership, and will nominate these elements to be in the National Register of Historic Places. Projected completion for Phase 1 is summer 2015.
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About Circle G Ranch
Circle G Ranch is a 231-acre tract, of which 163 acres is most notable for being once owned by Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla. Located just ten miles south of Graceland in Horn Lake, Mississippi, Circle G Ranch sits on the corner of Highway 301 and Goodman Road. The property is rich in historical features including the Honeymoon Cottage shared by Elvis and Priscilla, the stables where Elvis kept his horses, a 14-acre lake and a prominent 55-foot cross. The future holds exciting plans for restoration at Circle G Ranch since the acquisition by a group of investors led by Mississippi native, Buddy Runnels Jr., of Real Estate International, Inc. This culturally inspired entertainment destination will strive to embrace the local community as well as to ignite an international movement to make a positive impact on aspects that Elvis felt most passionately towards, such as children with special needs, charitable causes, as well as active military and veterans.
source: Circle G Ranch.com
HORN LAKE, Miss. (FOX13) -Circle G Ranch, the Horn Lake ranch where Elvis and Priscilla Presley honeymooned, is being restored. Phase one for restoration was unveiled this week. Part of the plan for the ranch is to rustle up a lot of money, for a lot of good causes.
According to Mayor Allen Latimer the development at Circle G ranch will certainly have the city of Horn Lake saying thank you, thank you very much for your tax dollars.
“I am hoping that when they come in to pay their respects to Mr. Presley that they will remember that he and Priscilla spent their honeymoon night in Horn Lake and visit us," Latimer said.
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But beyond any dollars generated by tourists Mayor Latimer says he is impressed by plans to use the ranch to raise money for charitable causes, including helping veterans and special needs children with disabilities.
"Not only will it provide retail space but there will be talks about Elvis' heritage in the area and my understanding is they will hold events on a permanent basis to help those with disabilities," the mayor said. "So not only is this an economic boom and a cultural boom but it will do a lot to help a lot of people in a lot of ways also."
As for Elvis fans and whether they will visit Circle G, they already do. Alexandra and Irina made the 27-hour flight from Romania.
"I want to see everything about Elvis we were in Tupelo and Graceland and we want to see more," the two said.Here is a sneak peak of what's to come for the Circle G: plans include the relocation and restoration of Elvis' honeymoon cottage; an arena will be created next to the stables for horse shows; Elvis' barbecue pit will be recreated in its existing location, using the remaining original bricks; and a new water feature will be added to a lake on the property.
Phase one of restoration is expected to be complete by Summer 2015.
source: Fox 13 Memphis