David & I took a drive out to Crossville, TN, today to see the Minister’s Tree House since he had never been. I checked it out for the first time last August. The Minister’s Tree House was built by Horace Burgess over the span of 14 years. It’s built around an 80 foot tall white oak tree. This colossal structure, acclaimed to be the largest tree house in the world, is 100 feet tall and supported by six other strong trees that act like natural pillars.
I have found a couple of different sources with different height measurements (97 feet to 100 feet), so I’m not exactly certain of the exact height. However, the majority of sites report it at 100 feet tall. RoadsideAmerica.com seems to be the most reputable with the most current information: www.roadsideamerica.com/story/13769. I recommend reading their articles for more information & the history of this amazing attraction. All I know for sure is that it’s very tall!
* I took A LOT of photos today. It’s probably going to take me a couple of days to go through them all & sort out which ones to share online, so check back in a few days if you’re interested in seeing more.
Update: September 9, 2012 – As of August 30, 2012, authorities with the State of TN’s Fire Marshal’s Office closed the Minister’s Tree House to the public due to safety concerns. “Giant Crossville treehouse — inspired by God, shut down by fire marshal” by Lance Coleman for the Tennessean