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Honky Ranch Treehouse
Tucked away on an overgrown plot of land in the sleepy town of Brooksville, Florida hides a three-story Victorian-style house built amongst four huge live oak trees. Dubbed the Honky Ranch Treehouse after the urban explorer who “discovered” the abandoned property in 2008, it is accompanied by the main house, greenhouse structures, and many cows who live on the acreage.
Built in the early 1970s by aviator, entrepreneur, and cattleman James T. Walker, the treehouse boasts several bedrooms, a bathroom, a full kitchen, vaulted ceilings, decorative wall paper, and dual outdoor staircases. Following Mr. Walker’s death in 2003, its condition has drastically worsened due to neglect and vandalism. All windows are broken, aiding in the decline of the interior walls, stairs, and floors, making it very difficult and unsafe to gain entry. The other deteriorating buildings on the property are a magnet for squatters and thieves, i.e. all the personal effects are missing, and police recently caught two men stealing copper wiring. As with any unique piece of history, preserving the essence of this mystical place is a concern for locals and urban explorers alike.
The property is still owned by Mr. Walker’s metal business, J.T. Walker Industries. I’m assuming that the land is now leased by a neighboring farm for cattle usage, although that is not confirmed.