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The Treehouse Village was a location in the Mire region of Appalachia. Formerly a settlement established by the Free States, raiders attacked the survivors taking refuge there before eventually taking over and later abandoning the treehouses. In 2103, a group of villagers led by Jennie Brown revamped the abandoned settlement and renamed it to The Retreat.


Built high up in the trees to avoid the swamp and the creeping strangler vines that slowly throttled the Mire, this settlement grew out of a simple treehouse. Running away from raiders, Free States members Lorne and his daughter Darlene discovered it on September 19, 2081. They climbed it and used an advantageous position to eliminate their pursuers.

Afterward, they concluded that building their houses at the top of the treeline would be the best idea if they wanted to survive. One of their group members, Caroline, volunteered to walk to Gavin McCullough's place and ask for help, as he was a master carpenter. Gavin and his crew agreed to help with the project.

Work proceeded rapidly and within a month, they expanded the treehouse into a village. Gavin designed a way to use other nearby trees to build a series of interconnected platforms. It was a clever design - everyone would have their own platform with living quarters and a roof over their heads. They were close to each other, but each group would still have some privacy.[1]

Under Gavin's direction, the two groups soon finished the village, but repeated attacks by raiders finally claimed the life of Darlene on November 19, 2081, leading the group to subsequently abandon the village. Lorne booby-trapped the platform and moved on, realizing that since the raiders knew where the village was, it was only a matter of time until more of them decided to hit them in force.[2] Eventually the raiders took over the abandoned village, at least until they too left, leaving the village empty of human inhabitants.[3]

As humans returned to Appalachia in 2103, a group of villagers took up residence in Treehouse Village and converted it into their own home. The group renamed the settlement to The Retreat.


Located off the ground, the village is spread across over a dozen platforms connected by walkways. The platforms are made from a variety of materials and built as the terrain permitted. The central part of the village is a large shack with a cooking station and tinker's workbench, connected directly with a platform that housed the pantry and the main kitchen.

From there, denizens could reach the northern platforms, which includes one that hosted the living quarters and another jutting out northwards. The southern side includes several smaller platforms, including one that houses the secondary kitchen, bar, and housing for families.

Notable loot

  • Three potential Vault-Tec bobbleheads:
    • On the east side of the village inside a treehouse, in the bar on the bottom of the refrigerator.
    • In the treehouse with two birdhouses, in the area containing a red couch and an explosives crate. Located behind a pillar next to the sleeping bag.
    • In a treehouse accessed by an airplane wing bridge, behind a metal box with an ammo crate on top of it.
  • Three potential magazines:
    • In a treehouse near the connecting junction, opposite the two shopping carts, near an orange tool box, sitting on a black car seat.
    • On a treehouse balcony near the dining platform shack, on the floor next to a mannequin and a steel barrel.
    • On the outside balcony attached to the eastern edge of the living room platform, close to a small inaccessible distillery, near the dark red couch.
  • Power armor chassis with raider power armor pieces - In the treehouse with stairs built on a red dump truck.
  • Recipe: Delbert's pothole potpie - Across from Lorne's terminal on one of the metal shelves.
  • Recipe: Disease cure (The Mire):
    • On a red chair near the tinker's workbench.
    • Can appear in a bureau near the tinker's workbench.
  • Fusion core - On a shelf in the central treehouse, near the tinker's workbench.
  • Robot parts model - On top of an overturned crate near a sleeping bag in the same area containing a red couch and an explosives crate.
  • Stealth Boy - Inside the treehouse accessed by an airplane wing bridge, to the left of a bed atop wooden crates.


  • Until the release of One Wasteland For All, Treehouse Village was entirely abandoned. The update added the villagers, though their leader, Jennie Brown, was not introduced until Steel Dawn, which renamed the location and introduced changes to its layout.
  • Before Steel Dawn, the villagers occupying Treehouse Village were killable, and other residents did not become hostile if one of the settlers was attacked/killed.


Treehouse Village appeared only in Fallout 76. It was expanded upon in the One Wasteland For All updates before being redesigned and renamed to The Retreat with Steel Dawn.

Behind the scenes

  • In one of the bedrooms in Treehouse Village, there was a wall with the quote "I'm critical of everything but hold myself to the highest standard" written on it. The quote is attributed to "SM," which likely refers to Sara Matthews, a quality assurance tester on Fallout 76 who passed away some time after the game's release. The character of Sara Matthews was named after her, though this content was initially removed with Steel Dawn. It was added again in a later patch.
  • Before being fully revamped with Steel Dawn, new content at Treehouse Village had been developed since Wastelanders, including a cut quest known as "Restoring Mosstown" (CUT_W05_Community_Treehouse_Village_Quest), despite the noticeable discrepancy between a quest referencing Mosstown taking place at Treehouse Village. "W05" is an editor ID intended for content that is part of Wastelanders.



  1. Treehouse Village terminal entries; Lorne's terminal, 10/30/81
  2. Treehouse Village terminal entries; Lorne's terminal, 11/19/81
  3. Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide p. 464: "28. TREEHOUSE VILLAGE
    Above the irradiated swamp waters is a baker's dozen platforms, built by survivors before being taken over by Raiders. Now the place is empty, save for the mutated wildlife wading about. Visit and ransack the place as time and radiation-removal chems permit."
    (Fallout 76 Vault Dweller's Survival Guide Atlas of Appalachia)