Auction is First Ever Opportunity to Buy Historic “Pine Haven Estate”

As seen in the Kansas City Star

The historic 52-acre “Pine Haven Estate” will be sold for the first time ever on June 26, 2015, at auction.

Designated a “Clay County Historic Landmark,” the stately “Pine Haven” home resides over a 52-acre pastoral setting replete with gated entry and quintessential tree-lined drive. It is for sale for the first time in its history, along with the furniture and collectibles that have graced its handsome rooms through the years. Cates Auction & Realty Company has been selected to handle the auction which will take place later this month.

The home was built in 1918 at a cost of $30,000. The average home value in the United States at that time was $4,821 and the average family income was $1,518, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Woodrow Wilson was president and a first class stamp was 3 cents. (Those needing a more immediate communication turned to the telegraph, of course.) World War I was coming to a close and the flu pandemic, which would take more lives than the war, was spreading rapidly. In many states, women still didn’t have the right to vote.

Against this backdrop, Mr. David Bevins, II, undertook the building of Pine Haven on land originally owned by his grandfather, John S. Major. Mr. Major had come to Missouri from Kentucky at the age of 16 to settle land in Clay County. That land was later divided among his nine children and ultimately Mr. Bevins inherited 52 acres with a dilapidated brick Federal antebellum house that had been built by his father, David Bevins I. Despite the old house’s history of playing frequent host to Jesse James, Mr. Bevins elected to raze it in 1918 to build a more “modern” structure. (Original blueprints of the home will be given to the new owners.) A barn built nine years earlier, in 1909, remains with the estate.

Pine Haven was named by Mr. Bevin’s sister, Ruby Bevins Bethune, for the two Civil War pines which stood at the home’s entrance until disease took them in recent years.

The 52-acre estate includes 5 bedroom home, guest cabin, stables, lake, ponds, creek, pastures and more.

The 52-acre estate includes 5 bedroom home, guest cabin, stables, lake, ponds, creek, pastures and more.

Lorraine Goodway, the current owner of the home, married Mr. Bevins in 1963. After his death in 1969 she recounts that she lived alone at Pine Haven for the next seven years, “except for the cattle, hogs and crops to see to, and field hands to manage.” That’s how she came to be known as “Scarlett” and some of the rooms began to take on a decidedly “Gone with the Wind” flair.

Cates vice president Greg Duncan has been working with Goodway in preparation for the sale. He says that in 1976, Lorraine married Roger Goodway and together they have diligently managed the estate and lovingly cared for the home ever since. It has been modernized and expanded over the years with features, updates, and additional outbuildings added along the way. “Together they made Pine Haven a gracious and comfortable home, as well as a sort of entertainment destination in the area. (The basement includes a dance floor with full bar, 10 booths and a stage!) They have also amassed a remarkable collection of fine antiques and collectibles over the years,” says Duncan.

Having recently made the tough decision to move to a smaller home, the Goodways selected their longtime family friends at Cates Auction to handle the sale of their beloved estate and its noteworthy contents. The company reports that the gorgeous 52-acre country setting with the historic 5-bedroom home, guest cabin, 1909 stables, outbuildings, lake, pond, woods and fenced pastures will be sold at auction on June 26, 2015. The auction will take place on site at 19001 Plattsburg Road in Holt, Missouri. The contents are being offered via online auction.

Open house events will take place Sundays, June 14 and 21 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. Photo galleries, documents, and an online catalog of the personal property can be found at www.CatesAuction.com.

Jeff Cates, president of Cates Auction & Realty is fully aware of the significance of this sale. He sums it up nicely, noting “Our team is honored to be marketing the home and impressive collections of personal property. For the first time in its history, this fantastic property is available for sale and ready for the next chapter to be written.”




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