Archeological Finds Vol. 6 – An Outhouse Toilet


I have to admit, I’m loving this feature, if you have a photo of a neat find from your house or place of work please send an email to princeofpetworth(at) thanks.

A reader writes:

“I bought a house in Anacostia few years ago and one of the features that I found interesting was a toilet located on the rear exterior of the house. Is this common for dc?”

Ed. Note: Back in 2008 a reader also found one in Petworth.

2 Comment

  • It almost certainly had a shed built around it. When municipal plumbing was still a new thing, people often kept their toilets outside for various reasons.

  • My next door neighbor grew up in PG county, and told me that’s what he had growing up. He hadn’t gone to the bathroom indoors until he turned 18 and joined the army.

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