Just outside of Crossville, Tennessee, you can find “The Minister’s Treehouse”, created by Minister Horace Burgess in 1993. Though the Guinness Book of World Records does not have a category for “World’s Largest Treehouse”, it is often unofficially cited as such.
According to Mr. Burgess, he was praying when God told him “If you build a tree house, I’ll see that you never run out of material”. Inspired by the vision, he began building his treehouse.
Of course this is no ordinary treehouse considering that it is 10 stories, 97 feet tall and supported by a still-living 80 foot tall white oak tree along with 6 other oaks for support. It has numerous rooms and includes spiral staircases, trap doors, a choir loft, and a basketball court.
The entire structure is made up of mostly recycled materials, donated or salvaged from sheds, barns, and garages. Other recycled materials include license plates, furniture, roofing materials, and plexiglass skylights which have helped to fill out the overall structure. So far it has cost him around $12,000 in of his own money, a portion of that for the 285,000 nails used in it’s creation.
Currently, the treehouse has been closed by the Tennessee Fire Marshall who says that it’s a tourist attraction and must conform to state building codes. Mr. Burgess disagrees and says that it’s a treehouse, which do not fall under building codes. The treehouse has had thousands of visitors over the last 20 years and has proven to be well built enough to handle the traffic.
You can call 615-741-2981 to lodge a (polite) complaint regarding it’s closer and or Sign The Petition!
Special thanks to Teresa Cline Lingerfelt for contributing photos!