Crossville, Tennessee: The Minister's Tree House (Closed)A giant tree house -- maybe the largest in the world -- built by a preacher who says that God showed him how He wanted it to look.
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The treehouse is alive and well despite vandalism. We attended a wedding there this week and spent hours exploring the tree house before and after the ceremony. The groom's grandparents, aged 88 and 91, climbed up all but one floor and their 5 year old great-granddaughter climbed all the way to the bell tower. Others found several hidden passages and rooms. I kept waiting for Alice's rabbit to appear while others said they felt like Peter Pan.
I believe the treehouse may be the largest in the world. It has over 80 rooms, takes in 7 trees, is over 90 feet tall and just goes on and on.[Sharon, 10/16/2009]
A minister, apparently, was "spoken to" and decided to build this 5-story tree house/church, which is quite a thing to behold. It's totally open; the only signs I saw said "No Smoking." Everything was made from scrap wood, so the corners are not precise, and there are some off-kilter stairs and weird angles throughout.
There's a multi-story chapel with a stained glass window, a bell tower (though the "bells" were actually re-purposed helium tanks), and the view from the tower is great - including a field with JESUS written in flora. Awesomely weird! And free.[Bryan, 08/17/2009]
The Ministers Tree House was simply amazing! The tree house was 2 hours out of our way but totally worth it! We drove up and there were several visitors and a makeshift parking lot. We had our 2 year old, 9 year old and 16 year old with us! They all loved it. We were truly in awe of this amazing site! The gentlemen that built it was there but we didn't realize it was him until after he left (dangit!). Another man on the property shared that God told him to build it. Funny it reminded me of Noah's Ark. It was beautiful, well constructed and it felt somewhat spiritual. We didn't want to leave! We were actually late, didn't make it to our family reunion dinner because we stayed so long.
The man who built it doesn't charge a dime but my vote is that there should be a donation box. I'm sure he would distribute the money wisely!
BTW - there is a swing made of rope, duct tape and an old lawn chair for the kids (or adults) you can get on! It was a blast![Shelley, 08/01/2009]
Pictures absolutely do not do any justice to the magnificence of this structure, if you're driving through Crossville, you MUST STOP. There's ample free parking so allow at least 30 minutes for looking around, taking pictures and climbing the bell tower to ring the bells.[Dan, 08/01/2009]
A definite must see! We explored every inch of this magnificent structure. From the very top, you are actually looking out OVER the treetops! The chapel is awesome!
If you bring children, be sure to stay close to them as there are some areas that can be dangerous for little ones. Didn't get to meet Mr. Burgess so we don't know if he is still among us.[Bobbie, 06/21/2009]
The Minister's Tree House (Closed)
- Beehive Lane, Crossville, TN
- I-40 exit 320. Turn north onto Hwy 298, then make an immediate right at the stoplight onto Cook Rd. Drive almost a mile. As the road takes a sharp right, instead make a sharp left onto Beehive Lane. Drive about a half-mile. The pavement will end, but keep driving. You'll see the tree house ahead and to the right. Remember that when you visit, you will be trespassing, and that the treehouse is not a funhouse. There are no safety precautions. You visit at your own risk.
- Temporarily closed by the state.