Mysterious Mansion

mysterious mansionThe Mysterious Mansion has scares from beginning to end. The facade is very creepy.  It’s dark.  This place smells spooky and sounds spooky.  You have to find your way out of each room.   it really adds to the suspense when you have to find your way out of some of the rooms with the anticipation of the creepers jumping out at you .   Be prepared for unexpected animatronics as well as loud sounds and real people who appear or jump out or scale down a wall in front of you!!!

It is less expensive than some other attractions in Gatlinburg.  The mansion is a block off the main strip on River Road (The Spur).

Some reviews complained about it being short staffed at times.  Which means less people to scare you.

Address:  424 River Rd., Gatlinburg, TN 37738

Website:  http://www.mysterious-mansion.com/index.asp?document=home.htm

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Lunch with the girls: Old Mill Pottery House Cafe [4.5/5 stars]

Jess, What's on the Menu?

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Over winter break I was juggling two jobs and trying not to yell at crazy middle aged shoppers during the Christmas retail uproar. Somehow I managed to get a day off and me and the girls decided to take a trip to Pigeon Forge. I suggested we eat at the Old Mill Pottery House Cafe. I’d eaten there before and one special item on the menu kept me coming back for more. I somehow found this special menu item by chance and have never been the same since. The chicken Reuben is made with fresh shaved rotisserie chicken on toasted rye bread with thousand island dressing and special coleslaw. The sandwich is accompanied with house made potato chips. The sandwich had perfect flavor. The chicken is fresh and salty perfectly paired with the crisp sweetness that the coleslaw brings. The buttered toasted rye bread really seals the deal for me…

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Minister’s Tree House

the-ministers-treehouse-crossville-tn-1Long live the world’s largest treehouse!

As Minister Horace Burgess tells the story, in 1993, the Minister was praying when God told him, “If you build a tree house, I’ll see that you never run out of material.” Inspired by this vision, the quiet Minister set out to build the largest treehouse in the world.

For fourteen years, Minister Burgess has been adding to the tree house, spending $12,000 to build it. Over that time, the treehouse has grown to truly monumental proportions, and the Minister may have already achieved his goal of building the world’s largest treehouse. Currently, his treehouse has five stories containing 80 rooms, and is complete with a church and a bell tower. The bell tower at the top of the treehouse is equipped with oxygen acetylene bottles that, repurposed as bells, chime daily.  Without blueprints, this unique church resembles an epic tree house pinned up by cross boards and nails.  Random wood boards add quirky flair to the architecture, adding random patterns to the disarray of the design.  Multiple levels of corridors and rooms make up the inside of the tree house. It all comes together to form an impressive construct reminiscent of something from a fairy tail book.

This 97-foot-tall tree house and church is supported by a still-living 80-foot-tall white oak tree with a 12-foot diameter base,  and relies on six other oak trees for support.  In southern style, every story of the treehouse is surrounded by a porch deck. There are no “Private Property,” or “No Climbing” signs posted around, Burgess say the treehouse is God’s house and everyone is welcome. From the top of the treehouse the word “Jesus” can be seen spelled out in flora in a nearby field. As of 2012 the treehouse has been temporarily closed by a local Fire Marshall.  Therefore, you can not climb up into the tree house, but you can still view it from the outside.

The place is getting a little old, but it’s free for everyone to come and enjoy. It’s great for kids young and old!  It is about 2 1/2 hours from the Sevierville area.

Courtesee:  Atlas Obscura

Address:  Beehive Lane, Crossville, TN 38571

Website:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/chucksutherland/3977773445/

I-40 exit 320. Turn north onto Hwy 298, then make an immediate right at the stoplight onto Cook Rd. Drive almost a mile. As the road takes a sharp right, instead make a sharp left onto Beehive Lane. Drive about a half-mile. The pavement will end, but keep driving. You’ll see the tree house ahead and to the right. Remember that when you visit, you will be trespassing, and that the treehouse is not a funhouse. There are no safety precautions. You visit at your own risk.