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.