Photo #1217 – 03.15.12
The Necessary House
The necessary house (more commonly known in the 20th and 21st centuries as a privy or outhouse, among other names…) was a nice thing to have as an 18th century colonist. This particular reconstructed necessary house is located behind the George Wythe house at Colonial Williamsburg. There is a bit of uncertainty regarding whether necessary houses were widespread in Williamsburg, and even if they were, historians seem to think they were likely not as highly-styled as this modern reconstruction or even painted at all. But it is nice to think about sitting in this one and being able to look out the nice windows into the expansive surrounding gardens.
To read an interesting story about necessary houses (well, I thought it was a bit interesting!), click here!