to the Outhouse
courtesy of the Penn Store used with written permission.
Please do not
take. See below for a link to their site.
Everything you wanted to
about the Outhouse but was afraid to ask.
might take awhile to load, lot of graphics here.
Our unsung hero!
Just one of the many letters I received
that game me the idea for this page and now my new first page.
We have restored the outhouse that came with
our property. (Before
jumps to a false conclusion - we use it for garden tools, etc.,
more etc. than anything else<g>) It is a four-holer, two big
and two little ones. Ahhh, the decline of quality 'family time.'
Denny (an internet friend)
Why a Crescent Moon you might ask.
average outhouse was three to four feet square by 7 feet high. Many were
single hole, but often they were double holes. In the last century,
hotels often had outhouses with a dozen holes. And at least one hotel outhouse
in Montana had a two story outhouse with a plank from the second floor
going over to the second floor of the outhouse. The `droppings' fell through
a 1 foot channel down past the first level into the hole.
|"The answer lies in the lighting
inside because outhouses were around before electricity. The
best way to let light in was to put in a window. For privacy
reasons, most outhouses were designed with the window above the
line of sight. Many early outhouses contained a decorative "moon
cutout" covered by glass. This allowed just enough light in to
take care of business! It also allowed the real moon to shine
through during the night. Bringing a lit lantern into some
outhouses could have caused quite a bang so the moon won out! In
reality, most people had a covered pot under the bed to go in
during the night. Get's mighty cold at night going outside and
the varmints are something else!
Here is another explanation...
Probably the most recognizable symbol associated symbol with the
traditional outhouse building is the familiar crescent moon
carved into the privy door. Actually, the symbol is an ancient
one, and was a sign for womanhood in colonial days and on the
frontier. It's male counterpart, Sol, was either a star or a sun
burst design also on the door. Since most male outhouses fell
into disrepair rather quickly they seldom survived; while the
female ones were better maintained, and were eventually used by
both sexes. Although you can find outhouses still standing with
the crescent moon, the original meaning for gender
identification was lost by the later nineteenth century in most
areas of the country.
were easy to build. They were nothing more than a wooden shell with a roof,
a floor and a front door. Inside was a 2 foot high box built into the back
half that went from one side wall to the other side and came out from the
back wall about two feet. In the top of this was an oblong hole about 12
inches by 10 inches. The outhouse was set over a hole that had been dug,
usually about 5 feet down into the ground.
Yuk! to the person who falls in.
Which was known to happen from time to time mostly children.
Now have you heard the one about Ma and Pa
Kettle? I am sure you have, but just in case.
The Kettle's finally got a chance to go to
the Big City and get a hotel room. When they got into the room the bellboy
showed them the bathroom. Ma looked in and said "Oh Look Pa they even have a
basin to wash your feet in before going to bed!"
For more humor see page 3!
to Other Outhouse sights!
it or not there is a lot out there on the WWW.
These links were updated and checked out
on Dec 28, 2005
Outhouse with a
Million Dollar View
newest site I found for Outhouse pictures was this one put on the www by Jill
and Aaron Bork. They are a young couple building their dream cabin in the
interior of Alaska. Go to their site and see the rest of the story on cabin
building by hand. While you are there check out Aaron's Scrimshaw art on
would like to Thank Dava Osborn Jones from the Penn's Store for the
use of their pictureimages/Outhouse2 You must visit them at their web site or the
store in KY. I plan on stopping by the next time I am trough there.
Make plans to see the Annual
running of the Out house Races.
is the Web site called What A View! The official Outhouses of America tour!
By M. Loose. You will find pictures of real Outhouses, trivia and cartoons.
Along with links to other web sites. A must see!
and Hers Outhouse
on the picture to find out more.
||New Jersey Historic Outhouse
It's nothing unusual, perhaps 4 ft
wide and 3.5 ft deep and 7 ft high in front, 6 in the rear. It has a pit door in
back for cleaning. Color red, a small window on one side, no cutout design in
the door. Very sound and sturdy.
To The Outhouse
James Whitcomb Riley
Two Story Outhouse!
Outhouses : Roadside America
||Management over Employee
Click on thumbnail to see it better!
To check this out go to
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has gotten
into the act.
The picture on the left is one of a pair of
octagonal brick privies
Thomas Jefferson built at Poplar Forest,
his retreat about 90 miles south of Monticello.
|Now there all kinds of things
you can buy if you are interested. BTW I don't get a cut on the
commission. These are just either for fun or if you want to buy that is up to
The Luna Parc Outhouse is available as a Stick Pin or Charm only.
hang an Outhouse calendar on your office wall?
||Why not a clock? You can get yours at:
|Be the envy of your neighborhood with these
Outhouse Garden Sheds!
||Do you suffer from "Outhouse Envy"?
You could, and not even know it. Many people do.
Get yours at
Michael J. McGroarty
P.O. Box 338
Perry, Ohio 44081
|Background and buttons done by
that is me! LOL
I have the background on a wallpaper border and the Little red
roof outhouse in a stationery pad I brought years ago. The little graphic above
the two holer was in that stationery pad also.