world's largest tree house


The World’s Largest Tree House

Located in Crossville, Tennessee, Horrace Burgess built the world’s largest tree house using only recycled lumber, donated or salvaged from demolition sites. He says that since so much of the material used to build the house was given to him, the whole project has only cost him around $12 thousand–most of which was spent on nails. The structure, which climbs 100 feet into the air, is mainly supported by a single large tree which makes up it’s foundation–though a spiral staircase allows access inside from the ground level. At ten stories tall, with roughly 10,000 square feet, the tree house may be more aptly called a ‘tree mansion’, but according Horrace, it’s a work in progress.


Ok, so I see pictures of this place pop up on my dashboard all the time, but I don’t think people realize just how freaking cool it is.
This is called “The Minister’s Tree House” located in Crossville, Tennessee, and it is the largest tree house in the world. In 1993, Minister Horace Burgess was praying when God told him, “If you build a tree house, I’ll see that you never run out of material.” He’s been adding to the tree house ever since then and it now stands at 97 feet tall. (That’s taller than the tower of London!) It has over 80 rooms including a chapel and a bell tower. 

And on top of that, he leaves it open to the public! I’ve spent the weekend in this tree house on two separate occasions, and every time I’ve visited, I’ve found more secret rooms and hiding places. 


Our town hold claim to the world’s largest treehouse.  It is over 10 stories tall and has over 40 rooms including a chapel. Recently one of our likely inbred state officials closed access to this marvel of a place because it doesn’t have electricity or fire sprinklers and failed to meet building codes.  HELLO idiot bureaucrat asshole….it’s a TREEHOUSE in the forest! And further Tennessee does not have any building codes on record for treehouses. I’m still wanting to fight this travesty of justice, but the owner is weary and is taking some time to contemplate his future after this ordeal. 

This structure built by Horace Burgess is a monument to God - who instructed him to build it. The project; whose future is now unknown - had been open to visitors on Mr. Burgesses property for over 35 years without a single reported injury. In recent years, as word of this marvel spread via the Internet as many as 1200 people a week would find their way to this tiny TN. town to seek out the Ministers Treehouse.  Had I known this was going to happen, I would have documented the actual structure in more detail.