On the 8th Day, the Lord said, Let There Be Separate Outhouses


Here is the church.
Here is the steeple.
Run outside
if you gotta pee, people!

I spotted this old, abandoned church at the end of a long boonies road. Look! Outhouses! Not that I’m obsessed with outhouses or anything…. But look! There’s one each! An outhouse for the boys, and an outhouse for the girls! No drinking, dancing, or sharing outhouse seats.

The girls’ outhouse is closest to the church. As well it should be. Of course, you still gotta leap over the little branch of the creek. Don’t be wearing those high heels with the Sunday dresses…..

Heh heh heh. See how much farther the boys have to go?

Now, let’s just peek inside our cute little vintage powder room, girls……

Whoa. That’s one big giant potty seat. We better lay off the Chocolate Pudding Cake…..

Well, at least us girls don’t have to drag our big giant bottoms very far. That’s a comfort.

I wonder what’s inside the boys’ outhouse now!

Whew, it’s a long haul getting here. They sure have to drag their big giant bottoms a long way. Ha.

What?!! Um, WHAT?!! Where is their big giant outhouse seat for their big giant bottoms? WHERE?!

Did they think we wouldn’t walk our big giant bottoms over here and FIND OUT?!


  1. Kim A. says:

    ROTFL! I’ll bet there was a line-up to go during the sermons…Heh heh.

    -Kim, who definitely is eating FAR TOO MUCH chocolate pudding cake these days!

  2. Tam says:

    :sheepjump: :sheepjump: :sheepjump: You won’t believe this but in the 70’s deep in the heart of VA I would go to church with my Grandma. If I had to pee I had to use the outhouse. It looked very similar to your picutures. You could even bring along a pal and go side by side. Ahh the memories.

  3. Bayou Woman says:

    That is so funny! What a fantastic find, huh? You have a gift, Suzanne, you make even outhouses sound interesting!! That huge toilet seat is hilarious! What were they thinking? Maybe some fat lady fell in, so they didn’t want that to ever happen again?

  4. jan says:

    We also have an interest in old things especially outhouses. We had one in our backyard and used it for a garden shed. The neighbors thought we were crazy. I am living my dream thru you and your farmhouse in the hills of WV.

  5. kacey says:

    You ARE obsessed with outhouses!! :shimmy:

  6. Traci in IL says:

    Double-seaters, very fancy.
    I remember my great-grandmother having an outhouse in her back yard. We used it for a “fort” and used it for an outhouse too!!! Eventually it was a gardening shed.
    Love the old outhouses!

  7. Maria says:

    Thanks for sharing your outhouses! These are great, I love the photo of that old church. We have an interesting outhouse behind and old church. A local guy was showing me the other day. It’s kind of a “hidden” outhouse. It supposedly a shed but behind the shed is a little door. Almost unseen. At reveals. A potty! Still usable! And there is wallpaper on the walls! Pretty fancy, eh? Perhaps that extra paper would come in handy at some point….?

  8. Letha says:

    That is too funny!

  9. Ellen says:

    Well…that’s just not fair! The mens outhouse is so much nicer in every way. The women’s suggests that not only do we have wide seats, but that we’ve broken one of their other seats along the way – things seem all busted up in there. :fan: What a great find!

  10. tombstone annie/annbb says:

    What a neat old church – I wonder how old it is.

  11. Suzanne McMinn says:

    I wish I knew more about the old church! I just took these pictures yesterday afternoon, so I haven’t had a chance to ask around about it yet. There was no sign left on the church building.

  12. tombstone annie/annbb says:

    I just now noticed your brilliant poem! It’s just perfect!
    Possibly you’re poet laureate material??
    Thanks for sharing your WONDERFUL blog with all of us.


  13. Becky says:

    Ahahahahahahahaaaaaaa!!!!! Wow, that’s a huge potty seat!!!!!! I think I’m going to hang that photo on my fridge to inspire me in my weight loss. I don’t want to be big enough to need a toity modification like that! :sheepjump:

    The poem is priceless!

  14. Brandy says:

    Ooh, I love pictures of old Churches. *g*

  15. Christine says:

    Your post made me laugh!!! 😆

  16. catslady says:

    I love the picture of the old church but those outhouses…My husband’s uncle had a cabin in the woods that we visited a few times and it only had an outhouse – SPIDERS in the summer and I lost my shoe once in 3 or 4 feet of snow :cold:

  17. Estella says:

    I never had anything but an outhouse until I got married. To me they dredge up memories of horribly cold nights and mornings.

  18. Susan says:

    You’re going to have to start carrying a tape measure with you! 😆

  19. Peggy says:

    Hi. I was back in New Brunswick (Canada) a few years back, visiting a friend who had a cottage on the Fundy Bay. The outhouse had a tapestry rug for a door, you know the kind with the noble lioness and her two cubs in the picture. On a nice day you could hook it back and enjoy the view while you did your business. On an inky black, rainy, windy night, the door would be soaking wet and flapping against your knees from the wind as you cursed your weak bladder.
    I loved it on the Bay.

  20. Tori Lennox says:

    My mom and I are gonna have to come visit you so you can take her on the Outhouse Tour! She’s obsessed with them, too. *g*

  21. Mayberry Magpie says:

    I’m remodeling my bathroom right now due to a house fire. My toilet is on the front porch (because, really, where else would you put it during a remodel?). I’m going to show your photo to my contractor and tell him I want a toilet seat just like the country ladies room. After all, bigger really is better, don’t you think?

    Mayberry Magpie

  22. jaq says:

    gmbo! It’s always fun to drop by over here. lol. 😆

  23. Michelle says:

    These are too funny! I have sat on a few when I was younger,and staying at a friends cabin in the mountains! LOL! Night time was the worst! I had dreams of spiders biting my buttocks! :rotfl:

  24. mary beth says:

    GREAT photos, Suzanne!

  25. Renna says:

    How funny! :rotfl:

    My hubby used to have a good friend in Colorado who, as a hobby, scouted out old outhouses in the mountains. He’d dig around in them and find old antique bottles and even old coins and valuables. As fascinated as I am by anything old or vintage, that’s getting in a bit ‘deep’ for me. :mrgreen:

  26. Melissa says:

    The abandoned church made me feel sad, but it was a good thing I didn’t have a mouth full of tea when I saw the ladies out house seat. I t would have ended up all over my monitor! :rotfl:

  27. Kim W says:

    Our county has a large population of Old Order German Baptist…they live just like the Amish. Their outhouses are like the Amish, too, in that they have seperate outhouses for boys/men and girls/women. I always thought that was “funny.”

    Blessings from Ohio…

  28. Howdy says:

    Oh my Goodness – Thanks for the ‘Big’ Chuckle tonight!

  29. Paula says:

    Here in south texas we go to two cemetaries that still have outhouses. Very cute entry. Paula

  30. Maryann says:

    Oh does this bring up memories. We had vacation property when I was a kid that had an outhouse to it. I remember being up there during hunting season. The path to the outhouse was the first thing that was shoveled out. Extra TP was stored in metal coffee cans that had wooden lids held on with duct tape.
    Open the door and you might come face to face with a deer or black bear.

  31. Carolyn says:

    My Aunt Peggy lived in Gaithersburg, Md. When we were children, my grandmother took us there to visit. I had to go to the bathroom and Aunt Peggy pointed to a room off the kitchen. You probably won’t believe this, but it was an actual indoor plumbing bathroom. Only problem was it was dusty and dirty and full of cobwebs and spiders. I said, “I can’t go in there.” She said, “Well there’s an outhouse out back.” I was apprehensive about that as I had never seen one before. Let me tell you, the place was comforting and spic and span clean. I told my sisters and brothers about it and they all had to come out and see it.

  32. Rachel says:

    I was laughing so hard as I looked at these pictures and read the comments…..my hubby had to check up on me!! Thanks for the laughs. One question what is so funny about seperate out houses? Every public place I hve been to has a room for the ladies and one for the gentlemen. No need to look down at the church going folks for that!

  33. Erma Watson says:

    Several years before my Father passed and he now had indoor plumbing I ask him if I could have the outhouse seat. It is a three holer. To my surprise he said yes. My nephew and I removed it from the outhouse, I shipped it to California from Illinois, had it refinished and it hangs on my living room wall. It is a master piece. About 6 years ago I got the bright idea to build an outhouse with the help of a friend. Why, you ask, I wanted my grnadkids to know what a outhouse was/is. It has one hole, but has a floor under it, so it is not to be used. Even has a half moon on the front. I love it, it’s a real kick. Country girl, Erma

  34. Jenny says:

    First time poster; late one at that. I am in my mid-30’s and have been acquained with outhouses all my life. They are highly under-rated. My childhood church used outhouses until just recently, maybe 3 or so years ago built indoor bathrooms; that’s southern WV nature. I lived in Africa and never thought any differently except there the outhouses only have holes in the ground and no gigantic seats to keep you from falling in. One learns that when the need to go hits, you just gotta go! And hopefully hit the hole no matter the size.

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