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Hermitage in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Garden Privy

 
 
The Garden Privy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 14, 2015
1. The Garden Privy Marker
Inscription. This small brick privy or necessary is something of a mystery. No documents or illustrations record the presence of such a building when the Jackson family lived on the property. Archaelogical evidence suggests that an older building may have stood here during Andrew Jackson's lifetime. Mansion residents would have made use of chamber pots kept in the bedrooms, making this structure more of a status symbol or garden embellishment than something necessary to everyday life. The structure you see now was probably built or renovated in the 1890's as a restroom for Hermitage visitors.
 
Location. 36° 12.917′ N, 86° 36.733′ W. Marker is in Hermitage, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Click for map. Marker is at the northeast corner of the Hermitage Garden, just north of Jackson's gravesite. Marker is in this post office area: Hermitage TN 37076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Hermitage Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Alfred’s Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); “A Being so Gentle And Yet So Virtuous” (within shouting distance of this marker); The Work Yard (within shouting distance
The Garden Privy Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 14, 2015
2. The Garden Privy Marker
Marker is at the right base of the building.
of this marker); Explore The Hermitage Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Jackson Family Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); A Landscape Of Inequality (within shouting distance of this marker); The Architectural Evolution Of The Hermitage (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Hermitage.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 161 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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