The Greenway Manor is formerly the home of John Greenway, General Manager of the Queen Mine in Bisbee, and the New Cornelia Mines in Ajo. It is a large home which has recently been turned into an Airbnb. The good news is that if you stay there you may be fortunate enough to get a tour of the main rooms of the home, which are mostly unchanged since the early 1900s. Much of this portion of the former home of John Greenway is original. But words will not do it justice.
The Greenway Manor is a Craftsman-style home. Sure nails were used here but the intention is there. It really should be part of the historical register so much of its original character still exists. The first thing I noticed when I walked in was the Art Deco Lamps hanging in the living room.
Here is our story:
Shortly after my retirement, Jim and I thought we might get out to see the world again, now that the pandemic was mostly in the rearview mirror. So in February 2023 we decided to see how Bisbee was doing. We wanted to go to Naco for the groundbreaking of the renovation of “Camp Naco”. Bisbee had received a considerable grant to begin reconstruction of the Buffalo Soldier Camp. Most of Bisbee’s hospitality lodging was sold out the February and We were lucky to make reservations at the Greenway Manor. I am not exactly sure what event brought so many to Bisbee. As luck would have it, life got in the way. However, our kind host, Gretchen, allowed us to “bank” our room, and use it at a later date when the room was not occupied. So this September we decided to go check it out.
We first visited Camp Naco, just outside of Bisbee but now owned and being renovated by the City of Bisbee. Afterward, we headed north, and stopped at the Safeway in the San Jose District, for a few things. San Jose is known as the commercial part of Bisbee. It does have a Safeway and the County Offices are there as it is the Cochise County Seat.
By then, being 1 o’clock or so, we were hungry, and being a Wednesday, our choices were limited. So we headed to Erie Street in the Lowell District to the original Bisbee Breakfast Club. After lunch, we took some pics of Erie Street and headed to Warren to the Greenway Manor, where we were able to let ourselves in to take a nap.
The Johnny Cash Room is just in the door leading to all the rooms. A doormat was our clue. The room is large, actually living room, kitchen, bedroom and clawfoot bath/shower. We were just there for the night and had planned dinner at the Copper Pig at 6 pm, also in Warren just down Arizona Street.
Our room was comfortable, though the views are limited to a pleasant patio area, the carriage house and a giant mountain of tailings I am assuming were from the Lavender pit mines. Internet service may be spotty, and the television choice is whatever your existing subscriptions are. No matter, we had excellent cellular phone service. If you are passing through or want to stay in a quieter part of town, this might be a good choice. It is also close to events at the Warren Ballpark if you are going to a large event like the Jazz Festival.
Following our stay, we set off early for the Slaughter Ranch. I had forgotten a most important pillow, so we turned back. Luckily, we then had an opportunity to see the main part of the home. I am glad we did. Gretchen only gives tours between 9 and 10 I think. And I am assuming that you must be a guest.
IF you want to get a feel for the history, read Bisbee 17.
401 Cole Avenue