A Photographer Ventured Inside Minister’s Treehouse In Tennessee… What He Found Was Amazing

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.

Located just outside of Crossville, TN, 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, relying on six other oaks for support. In true southern style, every story is fully surrounded by a deck. And there are no “Private Property,” “Stay Off the Grass,” or “No Climbing” signs. Even though the building has been closed by the state Fire Marshall, the treehouse’s builder, Minister Horace Burgess, says the treehouse is God’s house and everyone is welcome.

As he tells the story, in 1993 Minister Burgess was praying when God told him, “If you build a treehouse, I’ll see that you never run out of material.” Inspired by this vision of god, the quiet minister set out to build the largest treehouse in the world. His treehouse stands 90 feet tall and contains roughly 80 rooms of varying size, many filled with large carved wooden statues. The entire structure stretches five stories, complete with a church, choir loft, large spiral staircase, and a bell tower.

Despite some trouble with vandals, the treehouse still makes for a fantastic visit and a truly one-of-a-kind sight.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/nominate/

Have you ever made the trek out to Minister’s Treehouse? What was your experience like?