Ocean County History: Van Hise Saw Mill
The Van Hise sawmill was in operation until the mid-1800′s in the Cassville section of Jackson Township. Charles P. Van Hise owned the saw mill. A staunch Democrat and active in local political affairs, Van Hise operated the mill until his successful retirement. He had trained his sons Frank and Aaron in the lumber business and both also had very successful careers in the industry.
It is said that every person in the United States with the last name of Van Hise, has descended from Thomas Van Hise, who settled this region in 1750 when he located on the 200 acre tract of land here in Jackson.
The land was eventually sold to a Russian Orthodox group in 1934. Over the years, the Van Hise tract grew from 200 acres to 1,440 acres by Thomas’ sons and grandsons, including the prominent Antrium Van Hise.
The property was sold for $2,200 and eventually was transformed into the Rova Farms resort complex. In case you were wondering, that comes out to $1.57 per acre.
ref: Photo provide by OChistory.org
Biographical Cyclopedia of Ocean County NJ, pub. 1899
Rova Farms by Pauline Miller, 2008
History of Monmouth County 1664-1920, volume 2