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The Minister's Tree House, Crossville

(3.9/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Writing this because of the confusion around this being open or closed. I have visited at least 3 times (2 when still "officially" open). My understanding from a discussion I had with a VERY, VERY, VE...  more »
  • I visited several times several years ago. A shame the fire marshall shut it down. The place is massive and takes hours to explore. Incredible view the higher you go up.  more »
  • I cant really give an accurate review of this. I knew what it was when I went there, and that I wouldn't really be able to go in, but I thought I would go for a look anyway. Unfortunately it was raini...  more »
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  • Truly amazing and wonderful, had such a great time. The giant swing was a blast and just wondering around and seeing the build is amazing. Even the view is spectacular.
  • New signs as of July 1, 2016 suggest the fun is permanently over. The best you can do without threat of prosecution is stand on the fence and look at the treehouse from 70 yards away.
  • Whoever built it was pure genius! Was fascinated being around there!
  • Here you can see the best of America and the worst. The best, in that a man, if so inspired, can build a truly amazing spectacle without interference from the government. The worst, in that a well meaning government can close it down in the name of public safety. So the treehouse is closed. When we went on 6/7/2015, we didn't park just outside the gate, and we didn't climb over the fence. The kids didn't have a blast climbing all the way to the top, and exploring this massive treehouse. We didn't play on the giant swing. We didn't find the steel donation box near the front, and we didn't leave behind a donation. Since we didn't do any of this, we couldn't possibly recommend this to others. ;) 5 stars!
  • Very cool.. sad part is, it is closed. .if you are lucky and know someone. ...