ST. GEORGE — The Dickens’ Festival has become a family tradition with three generations (Grandpa Ivey, Dad, cousin Jonny, and six Ivey sons) working together to build and complete a two-story treehouse that sits on the stump of a massive cottonwood tree complete with a stump containing a natural hollow (that once housed owls) making for a fine natural window.
The owl nest was removed when the Ivey’s hollowed out the inside of the tree stump to allow access to the treehouse by climbing up through the hollow and through a trap door leading to the upper treehouse. The wood and roof of this year’s treehouse was salvaged from a barn in California and a local barn from here in St. George. The siding from the tree houses has been left it’s original colors giving it a warm, old, rustic look.
The treehouse was on display during the Dickens’ Festival.