Tennessee March 22, 2017
7 Fascinating Places In Tennessee That Are Actually Illegal To Visit
There’s something a little bit dangerous to the unknown – crazy, forbidden, heart-pounding. We’ve found seven fascinating places that you can’t quite visit without the right credentials, and each one is more surprising than the last. How many have you been to…? Oh wait.
7. Voodoo Village - Memphis
The yard art display is on private property, so you'd best leave the owners to their peace - it's their right, after all. It doesn't take away from the historic quality of their home and the strangely stunning displays they have jauntily cast about their property.
6. Ashlar Hall - Memphis
Once known as Prince Mongo's Castle, Ashlar Hall has fallen into a web of wild physical disrepair and legal issues. Built in the year 1896, the private home turned nightclub was once a great place for an evening out. You can only drive by, nowadays. It's dangerous! The proclaimed alien-prince of Zambodia hasn't left a solid reputation, if you ask us...
5. Minister's Treehouse - Crossville
Known as the largest treehouse in the country, Minister's Treehouse has fallen into a state of disrepair that makes visitation unsafe. You can still drive by, but you won't be visiting the chapel or walking along their extensive balcony system - it's not worth the threat to your life, but a shot from the outside will forever be worth it.
Editor’s note: As of late 2019, the treehouse is no longer standing. Please enjoy the photos below as a reminder of this remarkable structure.
4. Tennessee State Prison
The Tennessee State Prison was once the home to Old Sparky, the electric chair of Tennessee. It operated until 1992 and has sat abandoned since the closure. You can still see it looming in West Nashville, surrounded by truck stop gas stations and factories, but the property is protected by a 24-hour guard. There's no gettin' near this one, folks.
3. Brushy Mountain State Prison
You can access Brushy Mountain State Prison if you're a part of a sanctioned tour, but most often it sits quiet and brooding. Surrounded by rough terrain and left to its own devices, you wouldn't want to visit these buildings on your own. It's at your own risk, folks.
2. Abandoned Playboy Mansion - Chattanooga
This crumbling ode to a playboy's glory days has sat alone and abandoned for years. It has fallen prey to extensive rot and vandalism, a slight shadow of the once beautiful place it used to be. Let's all be honest here - that swimming pool looks terrifying. We wouldn't visit if it was free!
1. Chattanooga Spaceship House
This stunning spot is illegal to visit because, well - it's someone's home. You'd want your privacy honored too, right? There have been open houses in the past, but as of now it's a place of calm and enjoyment for some lucky Tennessee family. Keep your eyes peeled for another public showing - who knows? It could happen!
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