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The Largest (Abandoned) Treehouse in the World: The Minister’s Treehouse

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the ministers treehouse, incredible treehouse, biggest treehouse in the world, amazing treehouse, dream treehouse, treehouse in tennessee, crossville tennessee, crossville treehouse, adventure couple, mr and mrs adventureWe cautiously and curiously crept up the meandering paths of creaking wood planks and were amazed and inspired by the treasures that appeared behind every corner…

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the ministers treehouse, incredible treehouse, biggest treehouse in the world, amazing treehouse, dream treehouse, treehouse in tennessee, crossville tennessee, crossville treehouse, adventure couple, mr and mrs adventureA bit of history on the place: Construction began in 1993 after Minister Horace Burgess received a message from God while praying, “If you build a tree house, I’ll see that you never run out of material.” Inspired by his God-given vision, the quiet minister set out to build the largest treehouse in the world which now contains 80 rooms, and is complete with a church, basketball hoop (?!) and bell tower.

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the ministers treehouse, incredible treehouse, biggest treehouse in the world, amazing treehouse, dream treehouse, treehouse in tennessee, crossville tennessee, crossville treehouse, adventure couple, the 10 commandmentsThe bell tower, located at the very top of the treehouse’s spiraling roost, is equipped with repurposed oxygen tanks that now serve as bells. These bells used to chime daily when Horace was able to welcome guests. Be sure to watch our video as we tour the Minister’s Treehouse and hear us ring the bells at the very end!

If you get the chance to visit this wondrous place, be sure to honor all of the hard work that went hammering each nail and placing each plank, making one man’s dream, and God-given purpose, a reality.

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Don’t forget to watch the video! 🙂

 

6 Comments

  1. Reply

    Latisha

    July 15, 2017

    Is it going reopen to the public if so please email me the information at tinsley_latisha@yahoo.com

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      Brittany Rouille

      July 16, 2017

      Hi Latisha! Unfortunately we have no idea about its plans to reopen or not, but it’s worth traveling there to see anyway 🙂

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    Jimmy

    January 25, 2017

    I went to this tree house on August 27, 2011, about a year before it was closed to the public. It was a lot of fun. I loved exploring all the nooks and crannies and I even went to the very top and rung the bell!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      January 25, 2017

      Isn’t the bell amazing! Made out of old diving tanks. That treehouse is still one of the most unforgettable places in the US for us 🙂 Thank you for sharing your photos!

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    Raffaella

    April 16, 2015

    That video was really cool!!

    • Reply

      mrandmrsadventure

      April 18, 2015

      So glad you liked! We are hoping to make more videos 🙂

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