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Come sit a spell here out back of the house. Take the time to reflect on the day or which corn cob will be softest. Wonder when the next Sears catalog will arrive. Sit a spell take a load off your feet, in more ways than one. To a lot of the early pioneers a outhouse was a convenience. We may think it as a crude place to go, but it was a lot better than a back of a tree in the hallor. So remember the next time you go set a spell. You want need to look under the seat for spiders. Probably want have to worry about snakes or other critters there to greet you. You want have to worry about your bare other regions exposed to the bitter cold. An don’t be complaining if the air freshener has ran out. Our forefathers place to sit a spell was a bit less refined than what we have now.

The outhouse was thought to have come about in the 15th and 16th centuries. They were outback of the inns in Europe. Due to a lot of people not being able to read they used symbols to make “his” & “hers”. A sun or star was most often used for men and a crescent moon for women. These also provided the air freshener in the way of a breeze.

Taken at The Mountain Farm Muesum, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains…this outhouse is also seen in Golden Morn II on the lower right side.


  • jadeast
    jadeastabout 6 years ago

    Been there , done that Gary and this was where the sear & Roebuck catalog was most often found as well!

  • amarica
    amaricaabout 6 years ago

    Great shot Gary. We were just talking about the stages that humans have progressed in dealing with this body function…Great writeup my friend…xxxxxx

  • Lois  Bryan
    Lois Bryanabout 6 years ago

    LOVE it!!!! Yep … I’ve spent time in these!!! Thank heavens there were always plenty of Sears & Roebuck, or Monkey Wards catalogues … don’t remember having to resort to the corn cobs, lol, but I heard stories!!! EEEEK!!! Great photo … love the fabulous mists!!!!!

  • saseoche
    saseocheabout 6 years ago

    Excellent work and beautiful image well done my friend…..

  • cdwork
    cdworkabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful Autumn Image!

  • Susan Bergstrom
    Susan Bergstromabout 6 years ago

    Yes and beware of the green monster!LOL…these captures are just awesome…I tell you.. if you don’t put a book together, I may have to come and hunt you down! I’ve been known to break kneecaps!

  • Jeff VanDyke
    Jeff VanDykeabout 6 years ago

    I dont think I’ve ever shot an outhouse. Somehow you’ve made this work really well!! Great shot!!!

  • michaelby3
    michaelby3about 6 years ago

    wonderful shot !!!

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 6 years ago

    The background is beautiful!! The outhouse—well it’s okay. Great picture, Gary. XXXX

  • Angel Perry
    Angel Perryabout 6 years ago

    WOW! This is beautiful!

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