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Franklin Privy Pit

 
 
Franklin Privy Pit Marker image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, June 29, 2014
1. Franklin Privy Pit Marker
Inscription. This brick-lined, circular "necessary" (privy) pit was probably built when Franklin expanded his house in 1786-87

A stone drain connecting to a vertical brick pipe conveyed waste into the pit either from Franklin's "water closet", "bathing room" or "run-off" from the sunken areaway outside the cellar kitchen. This is a remnant of areaway foundation retaining wall. Vertical brick pipe.

"... [Dr. Franklin] is obliged to use the warm bath every day to ease the pain of the gallstone. His bathing vessel is said to be a curiosity: it is copper, in the form of a slipper; he sits in the heel and his legs go under the vamp, on the instep he has a place to fix his book, and here he sits and enjoys himself ..."
Rev. Belknap to Rev. Manasseh Cutler, Nov. 18, 1785
 
Location. 39° 56.967′ N, 75° 8.798′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from Market Street. Click for map. Located within Franklin Court. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Franklin Court (a few steps from this marker); The History of Franklin Court (a few steps from this marker); Franklin's Neighborhood

Located near the back of where the house once stood. image. Click for full size.
By Nate Davidson, June 29, 2014
2. Located near the back of where the house once stood.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony J. Drexel (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony Benezet (within shouting distance of this marker); Academy of Natural Sciences (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Mathew Carey (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Categories. Patriots & Patriotism
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 226 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Nate Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 31, 2016.
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