The world’s tallest treehouse, located in Crossville, Tennessee, makes the Swiss Family Robinsons look like a bunch of amateurs – but that might be because it was commissioned by God.
The 1960 Disney film about a family shipwrecked on an island, features an impressive treehouse complete with its own water mill. But the Robinson’s home pales in significance next to this structure, which took builder Horace Burgess 11 years to build.
Horace, who lives in the 10 story wooden house, said he begun the build in 1993 after he received a vision from God, who said he would never run out of materials if he built it. The enormous treehouse is a whopping 10,000 square feet but only cost Horace a reasonable $12,000 thanks to his thrifty use of recycled materials. Inside there are spiral staircases, a sanctuary, a choir loft, a basketball court, and countless rooms, walkways and balconies.
Photographer Tom Whetton, who took pictures of the treehouse, said: ‘It is incredibly impressive. You can’t really appreciate the scale until you are standing next to it but it is absolutely huge. I was told that the whole thing is supported by just six trees and that Horace used 258,000 nails to put everything together.This house is every kids dream. Even I wanted to go inside and explore.’