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.
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.
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!