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The Minister's Tree House, Crossville

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Horace Burgess's treehouse is a treehouse and church in Crossville, Tennessee. Construction began in 1993, mostly by Burgess who says he had a visionary commandment from God to build a treehouse, and has continued since. Today it is a popular local attraction which has been unofficially called the largest tree house in the world. It was closed by the state in 2012 for fire code violations.History and descriptionHorace Burgess, a local Minister, was praying in 1993 when he claims God told him, "If you build a tree house, I'll see that you never run out of material." Inspired by the vision, Burgess began building the treehouse. As of 2013, the 97-foot-tall tree house and church is supported by a still-living 80-foot-tall white oak tree with a 12-foot diameter base, and relies on six other oak trees for support. When not in service, the church doubles as a basketball court.The treehouse is located on Beehive Lane in Crossville, Tennessee. It has become a popular tourist attraction. In August 2012, the structure was closed to public access by the state since it had become a public attraction but did not follow fire safety codes.Although there is no Guinness World Records category for largest treehouse, it is often referred to unofficially as the world's largest.
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TripAdvisor
  • Ministers tree house is such a cool place to stop off, but only if you're willing to trespass. If you just want to look from the road don't bother you won't really see anything. You can either slip th...  more »
  • Says closed but people walk around fence and walk to it. This place is very neat. I hate that people have vandalized it but waking in and around this place is totally worth the trip.  more »
  • This place was easily the highlight of my visit. It is officially closed and you are trespassing to see it. You can feel the passion that this guy must have had to build it, and I can not imagine his ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place and amazing expression of the creativity of man. Unfortunately the Protectors of us who look out for us and keep us all safe from all evil in the world have decided that for our own protection we can't go near this thing and it must be shut down permanently. I'd love to give -500 stars to both the state and the county for infringing upon the rights of the public in this matter. Us poor helpless little imbecilic idiots don't have enough sense to be able to enjoy something and have to be protected from our stupidity. Thank you my Lord and God the almighty state for saving me and protecting me from this glorious evil of The Minister's Treehouse.
  • Pretty neat spot to check out. No trespassing signs are everywhere and there is a fine if caught.
  • Such an amazing work done from love. No better off the beaten path site to see between Nashville and knoxville. I'm so glad my son's and I decided to stop and see this .
  • Definitely a place you should visit if you live in TN. A strange but beautiful place.
  • Permanently closed. Can't even get to it. Still cool to see from a distance but can't see much.