Want to spend the night in Lucy the Elephant? It’ll cost you $138

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Jersey Shore visitors hungry for nostalgia will get a chance to sleep in the belly of the beast next month.

Lucy the Elephant, a six-story national historic landmark in Margate is being offered up for overnight stays March 17-19 on the house-sharing website Airbnb.

The one-night stays for two people are being offered for $138 - a price that pays homage to the number of years Lucy has been around.

“It’s in the style of a Victorian-era vacation rental from 1902,” says Airbnb spokeswoman Liz Debold Fusco.

Airbnb furnished Lucy’s interior with a four-post bed and Victorian-era antiques – many with a New Jersey connection. Booking is slated to begin March 5 on a first-come basis.

“This is a onetime thing. This is not an ongoing thing where we're going to be renting Lucy out,” says Rich Helfant, executive director of the Save Lucy Committee. “Our motivation behind this was getting the word out about Lucy to a larger audience.”

Guests will be able to experience the history of Lucy that so many have before.

“They really want to immerse their guests in her history. Whether you want to look out her eyes like [former Atlantic City political boss Enoch] “Nucky” Johnson’s rum-runners would have. Or if you want to walk in the steps of former presidents who visited Lucy, you can do all of that,” Fusco says.

The listing says Lucy has been a home before, as well as a tavern in a previous life. All proceeds will go to the Save Lucy Committee to keep her up and running.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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