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That’s One Impressive Treehouse

That’s One Impressive Treehouse

Horace Burgess's Treehouse (Image courtesy Dornob)
By Andrew Liszewski

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. If you can think of a better way to spend $12,000, I’d like to hear it.

Horace Burgess's Treehouse (Image courtesy USA Today)

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  • mcman

    I've had a fascination with this stuff since I was a tike. (I don't think I've ever used the word “tike” in my entire life). Anyway, I really get a charge out of this and remember a couple of cabins/treehouses I've built in my younger days.

  • doxology

    That is one sweet tree house. I always dreamed of having a tree house as a kid but I never imagined anything to that scale thats for sure.

  • johnimcdonald

    Awesome. How long did it take you to build this?

  • msisaac

    Didn't Bruce Wayne burn this place to the ground when he fought Ras Al Ghul?

  • Anonymous

    Really awesome. The builder is a minister who uses it as a place to pray. I’m not religious but this is one church I would want to visit!

  • charliehorse43

    Looks like the builder has some childhood issues.

  • jasonbisterfeldt

    This reminds me of the “haunted” winchester mansion. Very cool, in a deathtrap kind of way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1096939220 facebook-1096939220

    Worth it to click thru and read the entire article. This is amazing and I'd love to see it sometime. I love he used recycled materials in building it as well. Wonder if Guiness will ever have a look?

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    You have to believe in the divine keeping the code inspectors away from this beautiful monstrosity! I especially love the basketball court/sanctuary – my church used to be a skating rink lol

  • papparoy

    WOW! This is really kind of cool. It reminds me of Bishops castle in Colorado, where it just never seems like it will end.

  • http://twitter.com/cervantas18109 cervantas18109

    This is actually quite scary. Someone must love Ewoks.

  • wikasa85

    damn look like tha flep can fall down anytim dread

  • Gomer_Pyle

    Childhood dream come true – heck I would move into such house any day, even now, given the chance. I am wondering though, could it be the same Burgess as the one from all the radio prank-calls, wouldn't that be a divine coincidence?

  • http://twitter.com/thei3igd Big D

    Through the links I found the whole flickr gallery for this and thought that even though it was huge and awesome, its not as cool as the swiss family treehouse. its very run down and rusty inside and doesnt have any cool ''Gadgets'' such as the water pump system or even a simple pulley elevator.

  • creepyd

    i live 30 mins from the tree house…it definitely is very unique and worth visiting.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rshuck Ryan Shuck

    I think that's the awesomest thing I've ever seen.

  • michaelrayl

    My son is going to be very envious – he's starting one now.

  • JenGreenwell

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  • JenGreenwell

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!