I was also thinking that this could be a place to teach our young generations what our forefathers did in a time of “need”. I also see an opportunity to make a little scratch and keep us in supplies for the privy. I thought it could be a tourist attraction because it is so close to the road and even envision providing a photo opportunity for the kiddos. I can just see it, “Be the first on your block to have your photo taken with a part of American history” for a small fee of course. Why heck, even the parents could take part in the photo opt making it a day of events.
After doing some research on Outhouses I came up with some interesting tidbits.
- I've heard about 2 seater outhouses-I just thought it was so more than one person could use the potty at a time-not true. One seat was made larger for adults-one smaller for kids.
- One theory about the moon on the door-the moon was the symbol for women-the star burst was the symbol for men. Since men's outhouses usually weren't kept up as well, they deteriorated faster. The women's outhouses being taken better care of-lasted longer-thus we associate the moon with outhouses.
- Thomas Crapper was one of the first installers of water-closets.
- Folks had different names for outhouses such as: I'm going to; the white house, the garden house, the la-la, the throne, the summer house, the library, the shiver shanty, and many others. One I still hear on regular basis-I'm going to see a man about a dog. (from The Deer Hunter)
- Outhouse diggers are folks who find old outhouses and dig for treasure. They find all manner of items-mostly very old bottles.
It was fun to plan and build the little event and who knows what the next project could be, Elaine even said “you’re a building fool” and I agree. With the outhouse, chicken house and a real tractor that even works, we are well on our way to becoming real farmers, but I will draw the line on bib overalls…
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