In the late 1800s, settlers started moving into Lee Valley (later Greer) along the banks of the Little Colorado River. Ranches spread over the high country and farmers homesteaded near the river's bank. With harsh winters and poor roads, residents farmed only in the summer months growing winter wheat and potatoes.
In 1892, the Lund family built a cabin and started farming in the valley. By the 1930s, Greer was transforming into a summer tourist destination for the growing Arizona valley communities. The Lund finally sold their farm in the early 1940s and the new owners converted the home into guest lodging. After a couple owners and name changes, the property became the White Mountain Lodge and Trailer Park.
In the late 1970s, Russell and Sophie Majesky visited Greer and stayed at the White Mountain Lodge. The Majeskys quickly fell in love with the area and the spectacular view from an acre of land just to the east of the main lodge building. With a little sweet talk by Russ, the owners of the lodge sold that acre to Russ and Sophie. A one-bedroom mobile home was put on the site and Greer became their summer retreat.
In 1982, Sophie retired from St. Joseph's Hospital in Tucson. Russ was already retired from the US Postal Service. With an eye to a retirement venture, the Majeskys purchased the White Mountain Lodge and Trailer Park. Russ and Sophie moved into the main lodge building and started renting out their mobile home. It wasn’t long before they decided to replace the mobile home with a new cabin project---and the Greer Glen Lodge was built. Soon after that, the trailer park closed as part of a land exchange that transfered a large portion of the Greer meadow to the National Forest Service.
Russ and Sophie painstakingly sanded and finished all the interior paneling that makes the Greer Glen so inviting and appealing. They added a solarium off the master bedroom and overlooking the deck, to capture the southern exposure of sun, a consistent source of warmth throughout the winters. Two recliner rockers and mugs of hot coffee have created a setting for conversation for guests for decades. The antique wood burning stove in the living room is an old soapstone from Vermont---Russ liked the function and Sophie, the charm.
In 1993, the Majeskys sold the White Mountain Lodge to their daughter, Mary, and her husband, Charles Bast. It was not long after this that Russ (a deacon in the Catholic Church) and Sophie took on a new project for their home with the opening of the Family Life Center. A downstairs bedroom was enlarged and converted to a chapel and Sunday mass was provided during the summer months while special events and retreats were offered during the rest of the year. In need of help with the center, the storage area above the garage was converted to living space for a retreat director.
As the Majeskys moved into their mid eighties, it was time once again for change. The Family Life Center closed and Russ and Sophie moved to a lower elevation. However, new owners and a new life were awaiting their Greer home.
Under new ownership (since 2008), the home is now the Greer Glen Lodge, offering lodging for family gatherings, large groups and company retreats. The view of the Greer meadow that Russ and Sophie loved so much is still inviting guests to settle in and exhale. Welcome home!