I Love Lucy – Margate NJ

I Love Lucy – Margate NJ

Here’s Lucy!

The seaside town of Margate, New Jersey, has one very big, very old resident. It’s Lucy the Elephant, and she’s a real gem.

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Lucy stands about six stories tall and was originally built in 1881. The man who built her, James V Lafferty, would take people up to the howdah (the part people would sit in if they were riding a real elephant) and show them parcels of real estate that were for sale. I visited Lucy on a dreary, overcast day, but it was not difficult to imagine that it would have been a great view.

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The Elephant Hotel of Atlantic City

Over the years, Lucy has been a restaurant, business office, cottage, and tavern. And while many souvenir postcards referred to Lucy as “The Elephant Hotel of Atlantic City,” it’s not true. No hotel has ever beem housed within the elephant structure.

In 1969, a group of Margate citizens formed a grass roots committee to save Lucy the Elephant from demolition.  Their efforts were successful, and in 1976 Lucy became a National Historic Landmark.  Stop by to visit and tour the inside whenever you’re in the Atlantic City area.

The end.  🙂

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Lucy the Elephant is located at 9200 Atlantic Ave, Margate City, NJ 08402. Telephone 609-823-6473. Hours vary by season, so check the website or call before visiting.

Photo Credits: Header image and Pinterest image via Flickr by Jim, the Photographer.

Lucy the Elephant

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