Worlds Largest Treehouse near Crossville


Think you had the world’s greatest treehouse as a kid? Well this guy’s got you beat. Horace Burgess’s treehouse is located somewhere near Crossville, Tennessee and stands over 97-feet tall thanks to the 80-foot white oak tree it was built around which also happens to be about 12-feet in diameter at its base. It has 11 floors, somewhere in the neighborhood of 8,000 to 10,000 square feet, a miniature basketball court and is held together by roughly 258,000 nails.




Horace Burgess’s treehouse may be as close to heaven as a body can get in Cumberland County.

It rises 97 feet into the sky, the support provided by a live, 80-foot-tall white oak 12 feet in diameter at its base. Six other trees brace the tower-like fortress, but Burgess says its foundation is in God.

“I built it for everybody. It’s God’s treehouse. He keeps watch over it,” said Burgess, who received his inspiration in a vision that came to him in 1993. “I was praying one day, and the Lord said, ‘If you build me a treehouse, I’ll see you never run out of material.”‘

And thus far, as Burgess sees it, the Lord has provided. Most of his materials are recycled pieces of lumber from garages, storage sheds and barns. Now into his 14th year of construction, he is not finished.

The treehouse has 10 floors, averaging nine to 11 feet in height by Burgess’s reckoning. He has never measured its size but estimates it to be about 8,000 to 10,000 square feet. He did count the nails that he has hammered into the wood — 258,000, give or take a few hundred. And he guesses he has sunk about $12,000 into the project.

“God used my hands to put every piece in place, but I had a lot of help,” said the 56-year-old landscape architect. He’s a country boy but lives in town and compares himself to Job of the Old Testament. His pale blue Paul Newman-like eyes beam and he wears an easy smile on his tanned face.

“I’ve always proclaimed it to be the world’s largest treehouse, and no one has ever challenged it,” Burgess said.

All of story read here : usatoday, More photos: Author Micha Michelle Melancon


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  • Daniel

    The most fun we have had in a long time! First time visiting but I can see we will be returning often.

    Did not get to meet the owner but would shake his hand and thank him from the bottom of my heart. Sharing his property, hard work and his vision while asking nothing in return is so rare these days.

    Thank you!

  • Jerry B

    I drove there from Fayetteville NC with my 2 girls to see the tree house over labor day weekend. When we arrived on Saturday morning, there was a sign on the gate that said it was closed by the state fire marshal. We were floored after driving 400 miles to see and experience it. We ended up in Pigeon Forge for the rest of our trip, but still feel so let down as it was our main focal point of our mountain trip. I hope the get it back open for the public to enjoy.

  • Heather

    I haven’t ever been personaly but my two daughters have and, they loved it along with severl other people I know. This man has a message from god to make him a tree house and he has thus far and will continue. I hope the fire marshal will have a change of heart and see that this is something that many famlies enjoy and the man who has made this a priority for 14 years doesn’t even charge for the expierence…So I ask that god may touch those who have made the decision to shut it down and may you reconsider…Alot of people who really appriciate it…… Thank you

  • jean and danny james

    it is a shame that they even closed GODS TREE HOUSE. IT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING THAT WE HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME.AND WE HOPE THAT THEY OPEN IT VERY SOON.danny tok me there for my birthday and that was the best birthday in a long time ,so we will all be praying for it eo open back up very soon, cannot wait to go there again

  • jean and danny james

    when are u going to open thre tree house back up.??????????????????????????????????????

  • jean and danny james

    this is GODS HOUSE so it needs to be opened back up, PLEASE . we will all be praying for the opening of GODS HOUSE AND HOPE THAT IT IS REAL SOON

  • chelsa

    is this a place we can stay at or just visit how do i get more info on it


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