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Privy

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
1. Privy Marker
Inscription.
† † † Built in 1828, the privy is one of the three original buildings left on the estate. Privies were in use here until the late 1800ís, when an interior bathroom was added to the mansion. Interesting to note the symmetrical arrangement with the smokehouse. The privy is situated farther from the house than the smokehouse for the purpose of sanitation.

† † † The privy is divided into two equal sections; the east side is fitted with 2 adults and 3 lower seats of graduated levels; the western side contains three adult seats. The wooden seats are circular, with beveled edges, and wooden covers close over the seats to prevent air from reaching the earthen floor cesspool 12 feet below.

† † † The privy building itself probably was surrounded by lilacs and roses.
 
Location. 40° 2.563′ N, 76° 19.84′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Marietta Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 23) and N President Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Wheatland. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Smokehouse / Icehouse (within shouting distance
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By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
2. Privy Marker
of this marker); James Buchanan Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambulance Co. No. 111 † 28th Division A.E.F. (approx. 0.4 miles away); James Tilden Sheckard (approx. half a mile away); Leo F. Hauck (approx. half a mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. half a mile away); James Buchanan (approx. half a mile away); Wheatland (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wheatland. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. President James Buchananís Wheatland. LancasterHistory.org website. (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Privy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
3. Privy Marker
The privy is located behind the mansion at Wheatland.
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By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
4. Privy Marker
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By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
5. Marker at Wheatland
The trellis in front of the privy is usually covered by pleasant smelling flowers such as lilacs and roses.
Inside the Privy image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
6. Inside the Privy
The eastern section of the privy contains 2 adults and 3 lower seats of different levels.
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By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
7. Privy at Wheatland
The privy (left) is seen here behind the mansion. The building to the right is the Wheatland Visitor Center.
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By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
8. Wheatland
The marker is on the grounds of Wheatland, the home of President James Buchanan.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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