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St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

La Necesaria

The Necessary

 
 
La Necesaria Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
1. La Necesaria Marker
Inscription. These two rooms were used as latrines.

From the Spanish plan of 1763.
 
Location. 29° 53.869′ N, 81° 18.681′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker can be reached from South Castillo Drive (State Road A1A), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Located inside the Castillo de San Marcos. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Matanzas Bay (a few steps from this marker); Pirate Attacks (a few steps from this marker); Plaza-Courtyard (a few steps from this marker); Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Ramp (a few steps from this marker); St. Augustine's Bastion (a few steps from this marker); Indian Prisoners (a few steps from this marker); Firing Steps (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Also see . . .  Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. NPS website. (Submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Colonial Era
 
La Necesaria Marker and the "Necessary" image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
2. La Necesaria Marker and the "Necessary"
La Necesaria image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 2, 2011
3. La Necesaria
Interpretive sign in the Necessary offers a depiction of the latrine and reads, The Spanish Colonial Military Restroom of the 18th Century. The Necessary room had a tide-operated flushing system. At high tide the waste pipe would be flushed out into the bay. This controlled odors and disease within the fort. The latrine top was made of two wooden covers and equipped with iron handles. This facilitated the servicing and cleaning of the latrine box. A barrel of water and a bucket was kept in the Necessary Room. After each use water was poured into the latrine to flush the waste between high tides.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 26, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
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