Not everybody has an outhouse in their back yard. Well, it’s not exactly in my back yard per se, but it’s on my property. And no, it’s not functional. This outhouse dates back to the time when there was an old farmhouse on this land. The foundation to the old house is still visible too, but it’s not quite as interesting as the outhouse. A few years ago I saw an article in our regional newspaper about an author/photographer who wrote a book about old New England outhouses. I guess the book had lots of pictures of old, even dilapidated outhouses the author found scattered about our region. I had to admit, I was kind of disappointed that the author didn’t know about my outhouse, and as a result, it’s not in the book.
When we first moved here many years ago the outhouse was in pretty good shape. We didn’t do anything to or with it except show it to a handful of visitors who appreciated it’s quaintness. As the years turned into decades, the little blue privy started to fall into disrepair because like anything else, the elements took a toll on the structure. And although we could see the privy was starting to decline, it never really occurred to us to do maintenance work on the building. After all, it’s not like the outhouse was in use. Today I regret our neglect. The outhouse is only a couple of seasons away from total disintegration and it would require a complete overhaul to restore it to it’s former condition. And I find that kind of sad. Not that I have a thing for outhouses … I don’t. But it’s a little piece of history that’s going to vanish from our landscape.
Does your humble abode or property have an interesting or unusual feature or story?