Old fashion Privy


When we first came to our Mountain retreat, we had few of what you would call necessities for living. Thankfully one of these is air, which is still abundant.  The other were sanitation and water.  In this article, I will discuss sanitation.

As most people would agree, there will come a time when nature calls.  We found nature called within the first day.

So what did we do?  We went to the library.  We were surprised to find that the library contained many resources relating to the old fashion Privy.  Most call this an outhouse, some a johnny house. Many discussed the history of the Privy, which in times past, was the only sanitation available.

We also learned alot about the privy.  Such as the meaning of the moon and star that you would see on the door.  The moon and stars were used in days past to designate the sex of the outhouses. Originally the moon was for women and the star was for the men. The men's outhouse was usually in disrepair and not as well built.  As time went by, the women's survived longer because of the better construction and people remember seeing the moon.

We also learned that by putting lime (like you use in the yard) in the pit, any smell would be eliminated.  It didn't take much, just a cup here and there.