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Location DB > United States > Tennessee > Crossville > Minister's Treehouse
Minister's Treehouse
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created by WarBird69 on 4/26/2010 7:53 PM
last modified by WarBird69 on 3/22/2021 1:20 AM
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The largest treehouse you have ever seen, all built by hand.
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Type: Building
Status: Destroyed
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information
Beehive Lane
Crossville, Tennessee
United States
Owner: Horace Burgess
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  •  Hazards
  • not all floors are 100% level, watch your step!
  •  Interesting Features
    10 stories, 97 feet tall, basketball floor, church...all in a treehouse!
     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1993
    Closed: 2012
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    Located in Crossville, Tennessee, the Minister’s House took Horace Burgess 14 years to build around an 80-foot-tall white oak tree, with a diameter of 12 feet. The wooden edifice itself is 97-feet-tall and it’s supported by six other strong trees that act like natural pillars.

    Burgess says he started working on this giant treehouse after he had a vision back in 1993. God spoke to him and said: “If you build me a treehouse, I’ll see you never run out of material.” And so he spent the next 14 years building God’s treehouse, using only salvaged materials, like pieces of lumber from garages, storage sheds and barns. So, as far as Horace is concerned, God did provide him with all the materials he needed.

    Although he never bothered to measure Minister’s House (he estimates it must be about 8,000 to 10,000 square feet), he did count the nails he had to hammer into it, 258,000. It cost the 56-year-old landscape architect around $12,000 to construct the world’s biggest treehouse.

    The state fire marshal ordered the treehouse closed to the public in 2012 due to safety concerns. In 2019, it burned to the ground.
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    Mon, Apr 26th, 2010
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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 3/22/2021 12:44 PM.

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  • on Mar 22 21 at 12:44, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Mar 22 21 at 1:20, WarBird69 changed the following: History, Status, Recommendation, Media Coverage, Future Plans
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  • on Jan 21 18 at 3:08, WarBird69 changed the following: History, Year Closed, Status, Security Measures
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  • on Apr 26 10 at 20:40, WarBird69 made this location available
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