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Horace Burgess’s Treehouse of The Minister’s Treehouse (Crossville, Tennessee)

ADDRESS: 364 Beehive Lane, Crossville, TN 38571 

COORDINATES: 35.985300, -84.994433

Horace Burgess, one of Crossville’s local ministers, alleges that he was praying in the year 1993, and during that prayer, he was told by God, “If you build a tree house, I’ll see that you never run out of material.”

After receiving that message, Burgess began building a treehouse to serve as a church where he could deliver the Lord’s message. The treehouse ended up as a 97-foot-tall treehouse supported by a live 80-foot-tall white oak tree with a 12-foot diameter trunk. The treehouse also relies on six other oak trees for support. Although there is no Guinness World Records category for the largest treehouse, it is often referred to unofficially as the world’s largest. The treehouse served as a church, and when not in service a basketball court. (See basketball hoop towards the back in the last photo.) 

In 2004, fire marshalls shut down public access to the structure as it did not comply with fire safety codes. Horace said “I built it for God, and God watches over it. He’s protected everyone for all these years” in response to the shutting down of the church. Since Horace stopped construction in 2005, the structure has been immensely vandalized with graffiti. (Some of it praising God, to which Horace responded, “I don’t know how to take that.) "I have to remind myself that it is a tree house,” said Horace, who feels that it somehow causes people to act like children. “That’s why I’ve never prosecuted anyone for bustin’ the stuff up.”

There have been no deaths reported at the treehouse, nor any near it. Despite this, many feel extremely uneasy upon exploring the treehouse; almost as if they are being watched. Horace himself called the church a “haunted house” that is “possessed by the Holy Ghost.” 

*I took these with my new camera, hope you all enjoy! I do believe that I’ve made a post about this treehouse before if so enjoy it again! Happy exploring.

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Uncle Edward’s House part 1

Brooklyn Navy Yard (Brooklyn, New York)

ADDRESS: 63 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

COORDINATES: 40.702000, -73.969000

Following the American Revolution, the waterfront site was used to build merchant vessels. Federal authorities purchased the old docks and 40 acres of land for $40,000 in 1801, and the property became an active US Navy shipyard five years later, in 1806. The tremendous efforts of its 70,000 workers during World War II earned the yard the nickname “The Can-Do Shipyard.”

A study initiated by the Department of Defense under Robert S. McNamara in late 1963, sought to accomplish savings through the closure of unneeded or excess military installations, especially naval shipyards. On 19 November 1964, based on the study, the closure of the navy yard was announced, along with the Army’s Fort Jay on Governors Island and its Brooklyn Army Terminal, all to take effect by 1966. 

Pennhurst State School and Hosptial, Formerly “Eastern Pennsylvania State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic” (Spring City, Pennsylvania) 

ADDRESS: 1205 Commonwealth DrSpring City, PA 19475

COORDINATES: 40.193725, -75.560178

In 1903, the Pennsylvania Legislature authorized the creation of the Eastern State Institution for the Feeble-Minded and Epileptic due to the number and status of the feeble-minded and epileptic persons in the state in need of specialized, institutional care. From 1903 to 1908, the institution was built on 633.913 acres of Crab Hill in Spring City, Pennsylvania. On November 23, 1908, “Patient Number 1” was admitted to the hospital, and within the next four years, Pennhurst was overcrowded. 

Patients of Pennhurst were classified into mental categories of “imbecile” or “insane”, into physical categories of “epileptic” or “healthy”, and dental categories of “good”, “poor”, or “treated” teeth upon admittance. 

In 1968, fledgling TV reporter Bill Baldini ran a five-episode exposé of Pennhurst State School and Hospital on Philadelphia’s TV10. The episodes revealed the horrid abuses patients in Pennhurst were forced to endure. Patients were bound by their hands and feet to adult-sized cribs. The asylum’s staff would often tie the patients to their cribs and leave them alone for hours if not the day. Patients who showed aggressiveness were often drugged to calm them down. Patients were often subject to beatings, sexual abuses, and assault by both staff and other patients. There are even documents suggesting human experimentation took place at Pennhurst. Perhaps one of the most horrid actions to these patients was the staff would often remove all the teeth of a patient who bit another patient or a staff member. This happened so often that even years after the asylum was closed, urban explorers would find teeth in the asylum’s tunnels. When one patient was asked by the interviewer what he would like most in the world, if he could have anything he wanted, the sad and withdrawn reply was simply, “To get out of Pennhurst.” In 1977 U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Broderick ruled that the conditions at Pennhurst State School violated patients’ constitutional rights. Pennhurst State School was ultimately closed in 1987. Its 460 patients were discharged or transferred to other facilities in a process known as deinstitutionalization. 

Needless to say, locals, former patients and staff, and anyone else with knowledge of the asylum regard Pennhurst as extremely haunted. Explore at your own risk…

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Haunted Lake Shanee Amusement Park – Princeton, West Virginia. It was initially opened in 1926, but closed in 1966 after the accidental deaths of a couple of kids. It was reopened in 1985 then again closed in 1988. Paranormal activity includes disembodied voices, Native American chanting, unexplained sounds and some of the long abandoned rides will move on their own. There is also said to be a full-bodied apparition of a man in one of the Ferris Wheel cars.

Holy Land USA (Waterbury, Connecticut) 

ADDRESS: 38 Bergen St, Waterbury, Connecticut 06706 

COORDINATES: 41.547204, -73.029859

John Baptist Greco, a staunch Roman Catholic, had a vision of a roadside theme park devoted to God. By the end of the 1950s, he had created a theme park built to replicate a miniature Bethlehem. Yes, you read that correctly. There was, in fact, a theme park made to be a miniature Bethlehem in devotion to God. By the 1960s, the park was visited by some 50,000 people a year. One could come and see a recreation of the Garden of Eden, biblical-themed dioramas and various tributes to the life and work of Jesus Christ. In 1984, the park was closed for renovation. Greco had hopes of expanding the site to attract more visitors; however, this was never achieved as he died in 1986. 

There are two things that give this place its creepy feel. The first thing is Holy Land USA’s Catacombs. The Catacombs snake through about 200 yards, leading somewhere under the parking lot. At the time of the park’s prime, the Catacombs served as representations of famous biblical characters’ tombs. Since the park’s abandonment, they’re described as “The whole experience was definitely pretty creepy and I wouldn’t recommend it to the weak of heart. It’s dirty, dank and extremely unearthly down there” [Chuck Taylor/Ron Bozman, 8/18/97]. The second factor into this park’s creepiness is not for the faint of heart; if you would not like to read about homicide and assault, please stop reading here. In 2010, Chloe Ottman (16) went to explore the abandoned theme park with her friend, Francisco Cruz (19). Cruz made unwanted advances towards Ottman, and when she declined he decided to rape, strangle, and stab Ottman to death. This all took place right under the park’s 50-foot cross (pictured above). 

The Back-Roads of Pennsylvania

I have been inside or around literally thousands of abandoned structures over the last couple years. This was the only one that ever sincerely gave me the creeps.

Gandini’s Circus (Edmond, Oklahoma)

ADDRESS: N Kelly Avenue between Swan Lake Road and Pruett Drive
Edmond, Oklahoma, 73003

**When trying to find Gandini’s Circus, travel down N Kelly Avenue until you get to the stretch of land between Swan Lake Road and Pruett Drive. Once there, you will see a dirt road (usually blocked off by a yellow fence). Travel up that road and you will be brought to a large field where the Circus lies.** 

COORDINATES: 35.659355, -97.497530

There is little known about this circus. Gandini’s Circus took place some time in between the 1900′s and the 1930′s and traveled across parts of the United States. There were animals (cougars, lions, tigers) and performers such as acrobats, clowns, and the “freakshow”. Although many of the trailers are burnt from the inside out by either arson or a terrible accident, you can still find fliers, popcorn bags and soda cups along with assorted pieces of memorabilia throughout the area. 

Gandini’s Circus closed down due to the Great Depression, but the remaining assets were bought by a man named Howard Suesz in 1943 and used them to start the Clyde Bros. Circus, an indoor circus that performed in stadiums and arenas. Both Clyde Bros. and Hagen Bros. used the property in Edmond as a winter camp; although it is unclear whether Gandini’s ever did the same, it was the name of the original circus that stuck.