Lucy The Elephant: Roadside Attraction

Lucy the Elephant is located along the beach in Josephine Harron Park (named for our co-founder) in Margate, NJ. Built in 1881 by James Vincent de Paul Lafferty Jr, Lucy the Elephant was intended to attract buyers to the building lots Lafferty was offering for sale in the area. After falling into financial trouble, Lafferty sold the Elephant and other property to Anton Gertzen in 1887.

In 1902 an English doctor and his family leased the Elephant as a summer home. They moved into Lucy’s ample interior and converted the main hall into four bedrooms, a dining room, kitchen and parlor. A bathroom was outfitted in one of the small front shoulder closets using a miniature bathtub.

Lucy The Elephant: Roadside Attraction

Lucy The Elephant: Roadside AttractionFlickr

Lucy is 6 stories tall, weighs 90 tons, and is covered with 12,000 square feet of sheet tin. For a small admission fee you can climb on the back via a spiral staircase in one of her hind legs. From here you have a nice view on the Atlantic Ocean.

Fun Fact About Lucy: Lucy is five years older than the Statue of Liberty. You can read more detailed history about Lucy on her website

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