State of the Art … for it’s time.
Have you ever seen such an elegant “4 seater” ? I ran across this one in Kernersville, North Carolina. It was the outhouse for an elaborate estate known as “Korner’s Folly”.
The estate was built in the late 1880’s by Jule Gilmer Korner who was an artist and interior designer. His creation was so unique that a cousin dubbed it his “folly” and the name caught on. The owner even set the name in tile outside the front door.
The day that I was there we had arrived too late to get in on the tour but we did peek in the windows and walk around the grounds.
That was when I spied the outhouse and one of the staff explained how it was used.
The central area (under the archway) was actually a waiting room where the guests could sit while they waited for a “hole” to become vacated !! It was considered quite a luxury during it’s day but I can’t imagine that it afforded much privacy.
The room to the right of the “waiting room” boasts a child-sized hole and a larger one for the ladies. The room to the left is the men’s area which is worn away now but is said to have housed two large holes. I guess that meant that enterprising gentlemen of that day could continue to carry on their business deals even when they were … dealing with their business !