An Unusual Shared Amish Country Outhouse
in Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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The Outhouse Front and Right Side View
The Outhouse Front and Right Side View
Photo by C. Kusik
The Outhouse, inside, left and right sides
The Outhouse, inside, left and right sides
Photo by C. Kusik
The Outhouse full frontal
The Outhouse full frontal
Photo by C. Kusik
The Outhouse inside, left side
The Outhouse inside, left side
Photo by C. Kusik
The Outhouse, left side view
The Outhouse, left side view
Photo by C. Kusik
The Outhouse, right side view
The Outhouse, right side view
Photo by C. Kusik
    Ms. Kusik sent several pictures of the Outhouse in her backyard in Ephrata, Pennsylvania. Ephrata is in the heart of Amish countryside in Lancaster County. It is about an hour Northwest of Philadelphia and about an hour directly North of the Maryland state line. The pictures show the front of the building, each of the two sides she has access to, and the inside.
    You can see there are no seats in them anymore and the wooden wall separating the two stalls has been partially removed. The neighbor's Outhouses look identical to hers. The neighbors to her right (when facing the front of the houses) has identical Outhouses (a group of four.) So each family in each of the row homes got two stalls. Interesting, isn't it?
    She spoke to the neighbors and they were so anxious to have these Outhouses removed that they were willing to pay toward renting a dumpster and having them torn down and thrown out by her husband and a few friends. They live near Philadelphia, but they do not know if they would want such a thing in their exhibits. She had never thought of it before now. I suggested she contact the museum to see if they might be interested in these historic Outhouses. They also live very near Reading, PA and there is a museum there. These Outhouses are really weird in that she personally would consider it a very strange thing to have to use the Outhouse at the same time as a family member from the other household next door. It's almost like using a public toilet with more than one stall, but you know who the other family is...
    She suggests that by posting these pictures on my site, they hope to get some interest in them and the best thing that could happen would be that someone might want to buy them and take them off our properties, either in pieces or whole. She then suggested I talk to my Outhouse digger friend, and he might be interested in coming out and digging in the holes from these Outhouses for treasures. They are remodeling this house back to it's original 1922 splendor (removing 6 layers of lead paint on beautiful oak and chestnut trim and staining and polyurethaning.) They have also decided They'll be knocking down some walls and changing things around when the neighbors to their left either die or move and they purchase the property.

  What else can you see in the images shown? Many times a photo is worth a thousand words and I've only elaborated with a few so why don't you add some "color commentary" to my collection. If your addition is worthy, you will find the quote added on the Comments to the Curator page.

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