Pages Navigation Menu

The Thomas T. Taber Museum of the Lycoming County Historical Society chronicles the history of our region from American Indian occupation through 20th century industry and life.

Privy To It: Historical Uses of the Outhouse

Society Program: Privy To It: Historical Uses of the Outhouse

On Sunday, July 17, Robert E. Lee, III spoke on historical uses of the outhouse to a group of 20 very interested people.  During the program, Mr. Lee talked about how outhouses, or privies, were often used to discard broken household items and items that families no longer wanted or needed. Sometimes, of course, items fell out of pockets or out of the hands of the occupants. He brought along many examples of artifacts recovered during archeological excavations of privy pits, including bottles, broken stoneware (crockery), marbles, doll’s heads, coins, and a set of false teeth!  The audience kept Mr. Lee busy with many questions about this fascinating subject.