NS 16: Outhouses


With most houses not getting indoor plumbing until the 1930s, families had to rely on outhouses and chamber pots. Some stories tell of gendered outhouses, with a star or sun cutout for men and a moon cutout for women. However, there is not much evidence to support these claims. To cover the inevitable smells, families would plant numerous lilac bushes around the outhouses. These lilac bushes could grow to twelve feet tall.