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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-26-2009, 12:05 AM Thread Starter
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World's Largest Treehouse

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Horace Burgess’s treehouse may be as close to heaven as a body can get in Cumberland County.

It rises 97 feet into the sky, the support provided by a live, 80-foot-tall white oak 12 feet in diameter at its base. Six other trees brace the tower-like fortress, but Burgess says its foundation is in God.

“I built it for everybody. It’s God’s treehouse. He keeps watch over it,” said Burgess, who received his inspiration in a vision that came to him in 1993. “I was praying one day, and the Lord said, ‘If you build me atreehouse, I’ll see you never run out of material.”‘

And thus far, as Burgess sees it, the Lord has provided. Most of his materials are recycled pieces of lumber from garages, storage sheds and barns. Now into his 14th year of construction, he is not finished.

The treehouse has 10 floors, averaging nine to 11 feet in height by Burgess’s reckoning. He has never measured its size but estimates it to be about 8,000 to 10,000 square feet. He did count the nails that he has hammered into the wood — 258,000, give or take a few hundred. And he guesses he has sunk about $12,000 into the project.

“God used my hands to put every piece in place, but I had a lot of help,” said the 56-year-old landscape architect. He’s a country boy but lives in town and compares himself to Job of the Old Testament. His pale blue Paul Newman-like eyes beam and he wears an easy smile on his tanned face.

“I’ve always proclaimed it to be the world’s largest treehouse, and no one has ever challenged it,” Burgess said.

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... close enough.

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lol wow ... I'd totally rock that if I didn't think it would be haunted by all the 'sinners' he's probably killed
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Hope he got a permit the idiot bible bashing bastard

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thatd make a sweet haunted house

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Curious....parts of it look scary as hell, but then parts of it are very well crafted.

It somewhat reminds me of the legend of the spiral staircase....this staircase has never been replicated, even with modern tools and design techniques.

http://www.theoutlaws.com/unexplained2.htm





Having worked for a wood shop that built spiral staircases (before I got into computers), this staircase has always fascinated me.

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Hope he got a permit the idiot bible bashing bastard
how is he an idiot or a bastard. He managed to build an 8000 sq. ft house supported by tree's for $12,000. I would say that takes alot of architecture intelligence, and i don't think it's fair to use the words bible bashing as adjactives to being a bastard.

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