Through the years we have told you about people who have “talked” to God and created something from those conversations. Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden in Georgia and the well-known Salvation Mountain in Slab City are just a few examples. Well, the Minister’s Treehouse in Crossville, Tennessee is another one we can add to the list.
The story goes that Minister Horace Burgess was praying in 1993 when God told him, “If you build a tree house, I’ll see that you never run out of material.” So construction began that year and continued for the next eleven years. Believe it or not, the 97-foot-tall treehouse/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. Burgess used 258,000 nails to make this thing. It is five stories and contains 80 rooms and…of course…a bell tower. If you make it to the top, you can look down to see the word “Jesus” spelt out on the lawn below. Although there isn’t an official Guinness World Records category, it is considered to be the largest tree house in the world. Sadly, it’s been closed for the last few years due to fire code violations, but people are known to ignore the “No Trepassing” signs and walk around the property to get a closer look. But remember, you’re putting your life in “God’s hands” if you choose to do the same.