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Ministers Treehouse

Beehive Lane, Crossville, Tennessee 38555 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
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“The unofficial worlds biggest treehouse”

***Ministers Treehouse is currently CLOSED!***

Horace Burgess's treehouse (also known as the Minister's Treehouse) is a treehouse and church in Crossville, Tennessee. Construction began in 1993, mostly by Burgess who says he had a visionary commandment from God to build a treehouse, and has continued since. Today it is a popular local attraction which has been unofficially called the largest tree house in the world. It was closed by the state in 2012 for fire code violations.

Horace Burgess, a local Minister, was praying in 1993 when he claims God told him, "If you build a tree house, I'll see that you never run out of material." Inspired by the vision, Burgess began building the treehouse. As of 2013, 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, and relies on six other oak trees for support. When not in service, the church doubles as a basketball court.

The treehouse is located on Beehive Lane in Crossville, Tennessee. It has become a popular tourist attraction. In August 2012, the structure was closed to public access by the state since it had become a public attraction but did not follow fire safety codes.

Although there is no Guinness World Records category for largest treehouse, it is often referred to unofficially as the world's largest.

This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner.

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Reviewed by
RebeccaSwaller

  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
March 22, 2015
Rated 3.0

It is closed due to not passing fire code. Local side it's due to reopen in 6 months but will have to sign a waiver- enter at own risk.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
crazybaby14

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
February 17, 2016
Rated 5.0

Closed but worth the drive by. You can still see from fenced off area. Took several pictures

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Emily Gill

  • Road Warrior
  • 31 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
January 26, 2016
Rated 5.0

Absolutely beautiful and cool. Look from afar if you want. You can see the very top tower if you drive down the gravel road to get closer. Look up close if you can. So many cool things to see.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
brittneycox

  • 4 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 24, 2015
Rated 3.0

All fenced off, we were going to try to go in but the sheriff pulled up, although he was nice enough to take our picture

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
deg1979

  • 7 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
August 22, 2014
Rated 5.0

Definitely worth a stop. Not that far off the interstate. Also, my kids saw fireflies for the first time here!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Timhoward

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 29, 2014
Rated 5.0

OMG! Such a cool place. Kids loved it and the chance that they might go to jail for trespassing made it even more of an adventure. Met a local girl who also brought an out of town friend to see it. She said the minister sold the property recently so who knows if you'll still be able to jump the fence in the future. The 10 story structure is really sturdy even up to the bell tower. Loved the Upper room with the chainsaw carved figures. My boys had a blast on the 8 story high tree swing. It was well worth the diversion. No turn around for big rigs but only a short walk it you want to park on the main road.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lisa.renninger.9

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 18, 2014

Also hopped the fence. Definitely worth it. Hope they open it back up. Call the Fire Marshall's office and ask them to reopen it! Politely!!

1 person found this review helpful
  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 21, 2014

Wondering if you can still view from the road? Would love for my kids to see this great creation

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
angelaellsworth82

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 3, 2014

The treehouse was closed but we were able to hope he fence and see it.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tc28

  • 20 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
August 18, 2013

The house was closed, but we were able to see it from the fence. Very neat. I wish they would open it again.

1 person found this review helpful

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Ministers Treehouse

Beehive Lane
Crossville, Tennessee
38555 USA

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Street Parking

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