Traditional Tennessee Outhouse: A 3-Seat Outhouse In Nashville!



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At first, I thought this reproduction outhouse was an interesting curiosity.

Outhouses were, after all, one of two bathroom alternatives in pre-plumbing days. (The other option was a chamber pot.)

But when I read the warning at the bottom of the historical notes, I had to laugh!

Where else but Tennessee?

I’m allowed to poke fun because I’m a native!

The outhouse is as much a cultural symbol as the Grand Ole Opry or the tune of Rocky Top.

 

A 3-Seat Tennessee Outhouse

I saw this outhouse at the historic Grassmere farm inside the Nashville Zoo.

The historic notes on the Croft House outhouse door describe this model as a fancy 3-seater, “useful when several people needed to use the facilities at the same time.”

Really?

I can’t imagine sitting so close to someone else, no matter how badly I needed to use the facilities!

Here’s the part that tickled my funny bone:

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS A REPRODUCTION OF AN OUTHOUSE. THERE IS A PUBLIC RESTROOM ON THE BACK PORCH OF THE CROFT HOUSE.

What do you think?

Did they add that last bit out of foresight, or did a curious visitor actually take the “fancy 3-seater” for a test drive?

 

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Meredith

I'm a wife, mom of 4, and resident of Brentwood, Tennessee. I love finding fun new things for my family to see and do in Brentwood and the Nashville area!

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