If there was a reason to go to Crossville, TN, it would be to see the Minister’s Treehouse. The Minister’s Treehouse is a 100ft tall and roughly 10000 sq ft behemoth that spreads across 7 trees. Most surprising is that the person behind this project, landscaper Horace Burgess, built this treehouse over 11 years, and entirely without blueprints! Truly revolutionary!
The treehouse was completed in 2004, and Horace has never officially opened the treehouse to the public — that didn’t stop many visitors from trespassing to see this amazing structure before. Despite the numerous trespasses and vandals (such as graffiti, ripped flooring, hurled furniture, and smashed windows), Horace Burgess has been remarkably forgiving and hasn’t gone after a single person who’s damaged his property. Visitors must now sign a waver before climbing the treehouse — read more about it here.
One of my favorite descriptions of the treehouse is by photographer Chuck Sutherland, many of whose photos are shown below. He wrote in his description:
It’s called a tree house, but I disagree with that statement. It’s more like a house that swallowed a tree. And a Church. And quite possibly the all the builder’s free time for the last 30+ years.
Photos of the Minster’s Treehouse
Go to page 2 to see the other photos!