I try to get to the bottom of one of Mount Vernon’s greatest mysteries. https://t.co/R6387AOqRi— Howard Dorre (@plodwithme) October 15, 2019
If you were to visit Mount Vernon, and if you were at all curious about how wealthy people in 18th-century America lived, you would of course want to see the toilet. Well, that was in a building outside. Or, to be more precise, those were in an outhouse.
On a recent visit to George Washington’s home of Mount Vernon, I was struck by one particular building – the “necessary,” AKA privy, outbuilding, outhouse, or latrine.
It was actually a replica of Washington’s original necessary house, an educated attempt to recreate the structure where America’s #1 went #2.
What struck me about it was that there were three holes.
No stalls. No partitions. Just three open holes, right next to each other.
You can imagine that privacy would be dispensed with in a large family with only one outhouse, but you have to wonder whether the father of our country was in the habit of pooping with friends. Howard Dorre of Plodding Through the Presidents goes to great lengths to explore the answer to that question. -via Strange Company