A Victorian Inn By the Sea

History:  Henry Hudson’s ship, the Half Moon, passed the island in 1609.  The island was settled in 1690 as a hunting destination. North of the island, Barnegat Inlet was famous for whaling for 200 years. Although a few farmers’ cows roamed around eating grass, the island was mainly settled as a tourist destination because of the beautiful ocean waters lapping on its shore.  Businessman Archelaus Pharo bought 666-acre Long Beach Island for $243.00, and added a railroad spur so people could get there more easily.  Pharo’s daughter named it Beach Haven.  It has continued to grow as a preferred vacation spot since these humble beginnings.