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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!
A 3-Seat Tennessee Outhouse
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.”
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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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!