Crossville, TN: Home of the Largest Treehouse in the World

A treehouse can be a magical place, especially when you’re a kid. But what if we told you that you could recapture that magic by visiting a fun-for-all-ages treehouse?

Located in Crossville, TN, what’s officially known as the largest treehouse in the world that reaches record heights of 97 feet tall. Built by Minister Horace Burgess with a bill of $14,000 and 20 years of work, the treehouse has become an attraction that gives people yet another cool reason to visit Tennessee.

Burgess’ idea for this tremendous treehouse was inspired in 1993 during a prayer when he clearly heard God telling him to “build a treehouse for him and he would never let Horace run out of materials.”

Horace got to work spending the majority of his free time over the span of 20 years building the 80 room treehouse.

The treehouse includes a church like sanctuary so people could have a place to reflect. Otherwise, it’s filled with hundreds of nooks and crannies, and plenty of passageways for people to explore.

To put the cherry on top, Burgess built a church tower companioned by a bell to place on top of the tower. This was the only piece of the gigantic tree house that had to be built on the ground rather than the top of the tree house. The bell weighs over 5,000 pounds and had to be attached to the tree house with a crane.

 

 
 

The treehouse is located on Beehive Lane in Crossville but as of 2012, the tree house has been closed by Tennessee’s state fire marshall for not following the fire safety codes.

There’s no word yet on whether or not the attraction will open again and if so, when but we can only hope that it will.

8 Terrific Things That Make Knoxville More Memorable

 

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Knoxville contains a lot of history of it’s own but when many people hear the name, the main thing that comes to mind is the color orange. Known best for being the home of the state team ‘the Vols’, Knoxville has a southern culture of it’s own that you can’t experience anywhere else in the state.

We’ve taken the time to compile a list of these great experiences and recommend that if you’re ever in town, you also take the time to stop by and see them. Here are 10 things that make Knoxville more memorable, aside from the University of Tennessee and their infamous football team.

1.) Bistro at the Bijou

Located inside the same historic building as the downtown Bijou Theatre, the Bistro is best known for serving brunch until 9 pm on the weekends.

2.) The Best Public Square in the Entire South

Knoxville is home to the best public square thanks to it’s history and fine shopping and eateries.

3.) Boomsday

If you’re in Knoxville during Labor Day, don’t get confused by the locals referring to it as “Boomsday” because of the amazing fireworks show thrown yearly on the Tennessee River. Where else might you find a fireworks waterfall?

4.) Shining Sunsphere

It’s hard to miss the giant golden ball known as the ‘Sunsphere’ when passing through Knoxville.

Fun fact: the Sunsphere was used as the centerpiece of the World Fair in 1982.

5.) Cats in the Cradle

Nashville may be known as the country music capital, but Knoxville is home to the hillbillies. Knoxville became know as “The Cradle of Country Music” because of the large roll it played in the start of hillbilly music.

6.) Sailgating

We know you have heard of tailgating before, but what about sailgating? Because of the tremendous football tradition is Knoxville and the fact that the Neyland stadium is right next to the Tennessee River, locals can listen to the game and party beforehand on water instead of pavement.

Definitely a better alternative to keeping cool during the hot weather.

7.) Into the Wild

Knoxville may have a large population and city but it also has a bit of wilderness to it. The Legacy Parks foundation is striving to connect trails to the city’s major green areas, giving it a touch of the wild. You won’t run into lions, tigers, or bears, but the chances of encountering other wild creatures may be just a walk away.

8.) WDVX

WDVX was once known as one of the best radio stations in the nation and is still quite popular to this day. Tourists and locals pile in the the lives studios of WDVX at Knoxville’s Welcome Center each and every day to get a taste of the famous blue plate special. Sounds strange we know, but people will seem to do anything for a taste of down home southern cooking.

 

30 Tennessee Fun Facts Filled With History

When you think of Tennessee you may picture mountains, trees, southern history, country music, and probably even rednecks. While most of these, if not all are accurate (ha) the great state of Tennessee actually has a much wider range of coolness to offer. Just take a look for yourself.

The following is a list of 30 fun facts that you more than likely didn’t know existed about the state of Tennessee.

#1. The state took on it’s name as ‘The Volunteer State’ for its participation in the Battle of New Orleans. More National Guard members from Tennessee actually fought in the war than any other state.

#2. Sweetwater, TN is home to the largest underground lake in the United States, and the second largest non subglacial underground lake in the entire world. This amazing body of water ranges for 13 acres with no end in sight. Talk about sweet.

#3. The world’s shortest highway tunnel is located right here in the state, more specifically in Shady Valley.

#4. Moonpies were created in a Chattanooga bakery in the early 1900’s.

#5. The only freshwater pearl farm in North America resides in Camden, TN.

#6. The first patented miniature golf course was formed in Chattanooga in 1927 to piggyback off the traffic from one of the only hotels in the area.

#7. When the Millenium Manner was build by William Nicholson in 1938, the intent was for the building to last for at least 1,000 years. So far, so good.

#8. With over 7,000 residing animals of all species, Tennessee is home to the largest freshwater aquarium in the entire world.

#9. The world’s largest artificial skiing resort resides in Gatlinburg. The Ober ski resort can be accessed no matter what time of the year it is.

#10. Here’s a good one that almost anyone may recognize: After tasting a cup of coffee at the Maxwell House Hotel, Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase “good until the last drop.” Now you know what those commercials that aired decades ago were inspired by.

#11. Now this is a downright crazy one: It’s actually against the law in Tennessee for kids to hold hands as it can be taken and a gateway for sexual activity.

#12. The next time you want to satisfy your hunger with the help of a Snickers bar, thank the Nashville candy company for their idea for combining candy with their popular mouth-watering Goo-Goo Clusters in 1912.

#13. Are you a Mountain Dew fanatic? The neon colored syrup was invented in Knoxville in the 1930’s as a new drink to mix with whiskey.

#14. The ever popular event “Bonnaroo” is one of the largest festivals in the world, and takes place in Manchester on a 500 acres of farmland.

#15. The Fed ex headquarters is located in Memphis and is responsible for 50% of all ground shipping in the United States.

#16. For all you cotton candy lovers out there, show Nashville your appreciation. Many decades ago in 1897, John C. Wharton and William Morrison invented a method of spinning heated sugar. They eventually names this tasty creation “fairy floss.”

#17. Many famous idols including musicians and actors of our time hail from Tennessee including Kathy Bates, Morgan Freeman, Aretha Franklin, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, and many more.

#18. The first bottling rights for Coca Cola were bought for $1.00 in Chattanooga, which was home to the first bottling facility in the county.

#19. Started in 1925, the Grand Ole Opry has been the longest live running radio broadcast in the entire world.

#20. The founder of the first Cracker Barrell was from Smithville and built the first establishment in Lebanon.

#21. James Davis from Livingston, TN was the first American to be killed during the Vietnam War.

#22. In a tie with Missouri, Tennessee is bordered by more states than any of the others.

#23. Nashville is frequently addressed as the country music capital, but the actual birthplace is Bristol.

#24. Columbia, TN is the mule capital of the world, and hosts events such as the Mule Day Parade that attracts thousands of people.

#25. Here’s a fascinating one: There is a bar called Patrick’s Bar & Grill that is located smack dab on the Tennessee/ Georgia state line. The line divides the bar and restaurant areas in half due to the fact that this party of Georgia is a dry country.

#26. At the Green County Courthouse located in Greeneville, TN, the one and only monument in America resides that honors both sides of soldiers from the Union and Confederacy.

#27. In the council chambers of Trenton City Hall, the world’s largest teapot collection resides, consisting of 525 rare pots donated by Frederick C. Freed.

#28. Fitting right in with the name of the area, a 7 foot tall Eiffel Tower replica is housed in Paris, TN.

#29. Knoxville became know as the first dumpster city in 1937 after the first dumpsters were created in 1935. Believe it or not, this was a trend that was caught onto fast and became implemented quickly in other areas.

#30. Until 1916, Piggly Wiggly in Memphis allowed customers to come in and do their own shopping which had never before been possible.

Tennessee Wonderland: A Hidden Gem of the Great Smokies

There’s so much to see in scenic Tennessee from the West to the East. From mountains, rivers, valleys, trees, and so much more, Tennessee offers a range of breathtaking beauty all over. The state is covered with a rich History, including in unexpected places. We recently came across an awesome video on YouTube from user Jordan Liles who filmed an exploration of a hotel and a neighborhood known as the ‘Tennessee Wonderland‘, located in Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg.

This amazing piece of History gives insight on what life was like decades ago in the great mountains of TN and how those before us lived. When it comes to Tennessee history, what more can you ask for than to be present in a historic location with remains from the past?

Even though this may look like an abandoned area in the mountains, it is actually not and can be known as Elkmont. It’s not too far from a highly trafficked road that passes through but most people just don’t notice it very often. The good news is that you get to be one of the lucky people that do see this wonderland, even though it may not be first hand. The video below shows Jordan’s tour of abandoned area and some of the fascinating things he found along the way.

Once referred to as ‘The Wonderland Club’, these houses have been standing for over 100 years. In case you want to get the real experience, a back entrance to this area can be found about a mile up a gravel road that’s located inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

 

To take a deeper look into the Tennessee Wonderland, check out these other sources:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderland_Hotel

The personal story of a woman that stayed at the Wonderland Hotel:  http://tobeholdthebeauty-al.blogspot.com

 

Nashville Bus Tours: See the Sights Without the Annoying Fights With Traffic

Nashville is an already popular city that grows by huge leaps and bounds each year. Music city is known for it’s concerts, celebrities, country music, and many other historical landmarks and attractions. Whether you have lived around the area for a number of years or are just visiting for a few days, there’s always plenty to see.

With the amount of people that are flocking to live in Nashville and the surrounding areas, the amount of time spent in traffic has also increased which can take away time from your fun day. Nashville offers a variety of bus tours for a variety of different interests. From sightseeing to comedy, to tours of the star’s homes and more, there really is something for everyone when it comes to Nashville bus tours. In fact, there has been so much interest generated in the touring of Nashville, TN that more and more tour bus companies have been formed over the years to satisfy the demands, wants, and needs of the wonderful citizens and tourists that occupy the city yearly.

As mentioned earlier on in this article, Nashville offers many different types of tours to display the different types of astounding attractions and historical landmarks. From the Grand Ole Opry, to celebrity homes, to art museums, the Hermitage, and plenty more, you can see them all with a Nashville bus tour. Start your selection with:

  • The Redneck Comedy Bus Tour
  • Hick Chick Tours
  • NashTrash Tours
  • Nashville Trolley Tour
  • Grayline Tours
  • Nashville Double Decker Bus Tour
  • Nashville Brew Bus
  • Music City Rollin’ Jamboree
  • Art Henry Tours

We know, we know, it can be hard to decide which one to choose first. Each is entertaining and even educational in it’s own way. Here’s a sneak peek from the Redneck bus tour:

Nashville bus tours are the ultimate way to experience the great attractions that Nashville has to offer, not to mention in a quicker and easier going way. Treat yourself to the sweet sights around the city for a reasonable price that’s well worth the time and money invested.

We hope you will enjoy and take advantage of the selection of tours that Nashville has to offer, regardless of whether you’re visiting or live nearby.

Top 5 Travel Attractions in Nashville

Tennessee is filled with history and what better place to begin your travels than in Nashville. Many historic events have taken place in the great state over the centuries, leaving plenty of attractions and artifacts for tourists to see each year.

Nashville’s Top 5 Attractions are easy to locate and not too far apart in distance and are some of the most widely known destinations throughout the state, and include:

  1. The Hermitage: Museum and plantation home of former U.S President Andrew Jackson
  2. Parthenon: Nashville’s replica of the Greek Parthenon that was built in 1897
  3. Music Scene
  4. River Cruise: Boat and entertainment cruise
  5. Tennessee State Capitol: Also built like a Greek monument in 1859

The next time you’re in the Nashville area be sure to add these attractions to your list. With so much history and cultural influence, there’s plenty for the entire family to see. If you live in the area, catch up on your Tennessee history and catch a glimpse of what life was like before our days.

These sites are great for day trips and helping your kids learn while they’re on Summer break from school. You can never learn too much, especially when it comes to the history of the state you have lived in for a while.

Tours of Nashville

Nashville is the place to be! There’s so much to see that you can’t possibly do it all at one time therefore, we want to help make your decision slightly simpler.

From wine & whisky tours to celebrity homes to music, art, and historical sites, and more, in Nashville you will never get bored.

For starters, select from a tour via shuttle bus or limo. Nashville is full of top-rated limousine companies that are glad to fulfill your needs for every type of tour in town.

The following is a list of the variety of tours you can choose to take through the city. Each can be custom tailored for each individual experience, specified by you according to your wants and needs.

Historic Sites Tour 

  • The Parthenon
  • The Hermitage
  • Belmont Mansion
  • State Capitol
  • Tennessee Central Railway Museum
  • Battle of Nashville Monumental Park
  • Fort Nashborough
  • James K. Polk House
  • Antebellum Trail
  • Belle Meade Plantation
  • Carlton Plantation
  • Mansker’s Station
  • Historic Rock Castle
  • Traveller’s Rest Plantation & Museum
  • Fort Negley Park
  • Clover Bottom Mansion
  • Buchanan Log House
  • Shy’s Hill
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Marathon Village
  • Percy Warner Park
  • Fisk University
  • Nashville Scene
  • Downtown Franklin
  • TSU- Tennessee State University
  • Oaklands Historic House Museum
  • Stone’s River National Battlefield

 

Art & Science Tours

  • Cheekwood Botanical Gardens
  • Cumberland Science Museum
  • Frist Art Center
  • Nashville Zoo
  • Sudekum Planetarium
  • TPAC
  • General Jackson Showboat
  • Nashville Children’s Theatre

 

Highlights of Nashville

  • Opryland Hotel
  • Wax Museum
  • Ernest Tubb Record Shop
  • Willie Nelson Museum
  • Ryman Auditorium
  • Wild Horse Saloon
  • 12th & Porter
  • Harpeth River Park
  • John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge
  • Riverfront Park

 

Wine, Whisky, & Brewery Tours

Take a wine, whisky, or brewery tour one, two, or even a few of Nashville’s ‘best tasting’ locations.

  • Arrington Vineyards
  • Belle Meade Winery
  • Corsair Distillery
  • George Dickel Distillery
  • Jack Daniel Distillery
  • Black Abbey Brewery
  • Nashville Brew Bus
  • Music City Brew Tours
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
  • Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery
  • Tennessee Brew Works
  • Blackstone Brewpub & Brewery
  • Cool Springs Brewery
  • Yazoo Brewing Company
  • Turtle Anarchy Brewing Company
  • Prichard’s Distillery
  • Mayday Brewery
  • Jackalope Brewery
  • Fat Bottom Brewing
  • Czann’s Brewing Company
  • Collier and Mckeel

 

See, we told you there we’re a lot of destinations to choose from! Schedule your tour of Nashville today!