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Pequot Lakes Historical Society

If These Walls Could Talk. . . . (part 2)

by Kathleen Tusa

The little old shack out back. The privy. The necessary. The outhouse. Whatever you called it, it was a fact of life for many of us. If you were born before 1950 you probably have personal knowledge of these facilities. If not at your childhood home, probably at your grandparent’s home.

Remember running out there in the winter when the seat was so cold and frosty? And in the summertime when there always seemed to be a hornet’s nest nearby? And night times, when there was a covered pot under the bed?

The restroom walls at the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society museum are decorated with outhouse photos. Also on display are some chamber pots (a/k/a thunder mugs) , slop jars, pitchers, and a metal washstand, with enamel bowl, and a built-in towel rack complete with elegant embroidered towels.

Stop in at the museum to get a glimpse of the good old days and bring the grandchildren and tell your friends.

We’re open Memorial Day to Labor Day on Saturdays from Noon to 4 pm. Admission is $1.00 per person. Memberships to the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society are available.

Arrangements to visit the museum at another time can be made by calling one of the Board members. Click this link for more contact information on the Pequot Lakes Historical Society.

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