Yes, I spent two hours this evening on a tour hosted by the Cobblestone Society Museum and it was all about privies, outhouses, potties, loos, whatever you want to call them……and it was sooooo much fun! Of course, any tour that is led by Bill Lattin – former Cobblestone Society Director and County Historian – is guaranteed to be fun! And…..it was a GREAT turnout! We had quite a good size crowd of privy enthusiasts taking the tour!!! 😀
So, here goes…..photos from the tour:
This was our official tour sticker……
This is just inside the Cobblestone Church and has writing that was too faint to photograph that says “Water Closet – Gentlemen Only”!
Bill Lattin giving some background info on the various privies we would be seeing and some comical items commemorating the act of taking care of business!
The first outhouse we visited is the most pretentious on the museum property!
It is a FIVE holer….three across the back and two on the side for children!
Bill had some funny stories to tell at each stop!
Then, we visited this one that I believe Bill said was the first of the outhouses they moved to the complex
The next one is inside the Blacksmith shop……
You have the regular sitting kind and then to the left is a homemade urinal made from scrap materials from the Blacksmith shop
Then, we made our way down to the Cobblestone School……
….where there are TWO outhouses – this one for the girls…..
…..and, this one for the boys! Quite a line waiting to get a look inside, huh?
I didn’t realize this photo didn’t get the point….I was trying to be considerate of the people behind me waiting to get a look…..but, this is the boy’s privy – there are three holes and to the right – that porcelain thing I just got the corner of that looks like a sink, is actually a urinal!
This one is located behind the Ward House beside the church
This one is located behind the church and I believe Bill said it is the oldest of all the outhouses they have on the Complex grounds
More photos taken during the tour:
This school is part of the Cobblestone Society Museum Complex – note the two doors – the one on the right was for girls and the one on the left was for boys! They sat intermingled per class once inside, but they were to enter through their own door with separate coat rooms just inside so they would have privacy removing their coats and such!
On one of the chalk boards inside the school house are signatures of former students who returned to visit after it became part of the museum and the dates they attended classes there!
Inside the one-room school house
Other buildings on the museum complex grounds – all moved here from other locations to be a part of the museum
This was a Harness Shop
This was a Print Shop
And, this was the Farmer’s Hall
Historic Proctor Brook – fed by the Erie Barge Canal
This old buggy – among other historic artifacts – is in the Blacksmith Shop
The Cobblestone Church and home base for the Museum Complex
Entrance to the museum and gift shop
The Ward House, built by John Proctor – an early settler in the area – and was later the home of New York Tribune editor, Horace Greeley’s Aunt and Uncle
This building behind the Ward House may look like another outhouse, but it was actually a smoke house!
Always nice to see a good turn out for things like this…..shows people appreciate the effort that goes into doing these tours and sharing our history!
Thanks for the neat narrative!
You are quite welcome, Doug…..I enjoyed the tour very much and I am looking forward to the Garden Tour in a couple weeks! Keep up the good work at the Cobblestone Society – it is appreciated!