Sunday, April 3, 2011

the world's BIGGEST tree house...

...and we were there!!

 i don't know what you did yesterday, but it could not have been as cool/fun/awesome as what we did. kaye, t.willie, bilbo and i went to crossville, about 35 miles away, to check out an amazing tree house someone had told bilbo about. we were not disappointed, it was really spectacular!!

 a swinging lawn chair down the center outside of the house!


 it was a gorgeous day for such an adventure and many folks had come out to see the tree house. there is no sign announcing it, folks find it by word-of-mouth, just as we did.  it took us maybe an hour and a half to fully climb, explore and goggle at the structure. t.w. had such a great time, although he made kaye and i very anxious. there were some spots with holes in the floor, that i could imagine him slipping through and also, just being so high up with only a railing protecting us was a little nerve-wracking! the way the tree house is constructed- very slap-dash, is so cool.just thinking about the sheer number of single pieces of wood used is mind-boggling! some rooms have furniture, some have a staircase, some don't. the place is like a maze, with more than one way to go from room to room or floor to floor. some staircases have short steps, some have higher ones that really gave my short, lazy legs a workout! there is graffiti everywhere- some more artwork, than ugly.there is an altar room in the center that is pretty neat. it would be awesome to return in a month or so to see the place wearing its new green leaves. all in all, it was a great and unusual experience. if you live in the area, you MUST go see it!

this is kaye and t.w. looking out the top window. above is a chime tower with ten oxygen tanks clanging away in the breeze! the view from there is of a field with "jesus" spelled out in flowers.

the builder, horace burgess
 a local man, horace burgess, had built it after having a vision many years ago. for the whole story, follow this link. for many more pictures, go here.

1. for the beautiful day
2. for one man's ingenuity that so many can enjoy
3. for a day spent with family


  1. Wow - I have not been there because I could never do all the steps with my bad knees but my parents have and the boys may have went with them. Looks like you all had a ball however!!!

  2. What an awesome looking treehouse! Thanks for sharing! :-)

  3. I like your pics of the treehouse better! T.willy sure looks like he enjoyed it! And I know what you mean about nervous, I was on edge the whole time with the kids in the caverns.

  4. Awesomw place you visited, Jo! Made me giddy looking at the pix. I don't have a head for heights at the best of times and would also have been terrified of dropping t.w. through a crack. EEK! Great pix though and you all look well and happy together. Hugz. xxx

  5. Yes, awesome is the right word! Wow, I never saw something like that!
    I am not sure if I would go up there, it looks scary! But I can see you had a wonderful family time Joanne! Thank you for sharing your photos and for the links!