White Haven Motor Lodge

The White Haven Motor Lodge was a landmark on Metcalf Avenue from 1957 until 2010. The White family who built it and owned it until 2008 has a long history in Overland Park. Hugh White brought his wife Mary and their four children to Johnson County in 1941 and bought Wolverine Dairy at 85th and Metcalf, which he operated until 1952.

Delivery truck for Wolverine Farm Dairy, 1948 (Hugh and Mary White).  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15007

Delivery truck for Wolverine Farm Dairy, 1948 (Hugh and Mary White).
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15007

Vehicles parked at the Wolverine Dairy farm for livestock sale, 1952.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15042

Vehicles parked at the Wolverine Dairy farm for livestock sale, 1952.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15042

Hugh closed the dairy and he and his sons began developing the farmland into the White Haven subdivision, which stretches from Metcalf Ave east to Lamar Ave and south from 83rd St to 87th St. Hugh’s son Bob and Bob’s wife Esther owned the first house in the new subdivision, and both helped to run the Lodge through 2008.

House construction in White Haven subdivision, 1953.  Original:  http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15050

House construction in White Haven subdivision, 1953.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15050

White Haven motel excavation site  (Mary, Sheila and Esther White), 1957.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ophs/id/179

White Haven motel excavation site (Mary, Sheila and Esther White), 1957.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ophs/id/179

White Haven Motor Lodge, 1965.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15099

White Haven Motor Lodge, 1965.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15099

White Haven Motor Lodge sign.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/11599

White Haven Motor Lodge sign.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/11599

White Haven Motor Lodge postcard, 1965.  Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15217

White Haven Motor Lodge postcard, 1965.
Original: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/jcm/id/15217

Want to learn more?

Johnson County’s The Best Times has a great article with further details about the Whites and their contributions to Johnson County and eastern Kansas: http://www.thebesttimes.org/joco/local_history/0911_whites_of_white_haven.shtml

Johnson County Museum wrote about the White Haven Motor Lodge and its place as a gem for tourists and locals alike: http://www.jocohistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/alb/id/312

The Pitch describes the auction after the White Haven Motor Lodge closed its doors for good: http://www.pitch.com/FastPitch/archives/2010/07/08/white-haven-motor-lodge-going-going-gone-updated

Did you ever stay at White Haven Motor Lodge? We’d love to hear from you!

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2 responses to “White Haven Motor Lodge

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  2. Tim White (no, not related to the owners)

    We lived about ten blocks from the White Haven for most of the time our children were growing up…When we left the area, we frequently returned to our beloved Kansas City, and until it closed, the White Haven was where we always stayed–it was always clean and comfortable and the owner’s family always created a relaxing atmosphere for their guests. With all its presumptuous suburban wealth, Overland Park is poorer without it. Its charm was that of a smaller town in a different day. To the White family who owned it, thanks for cherished memories!

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