Necessary (HM2LRD)

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N 38° 43.032', W 77° 8.243'

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Only members of the gentry used the Necessary, commonly known as an outhouse or privy, and likely only in good weather. Chamber pots were used inside the house in evenings and in cold or inclement weather. Slaves removed, emptied, and cleaned the chamber pots daily. Research indicates that a second Necessary may have existed north of the Meat House, completing the symmetrical arrangement of buildings located along the ridge of the hill.

The Necessary at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest features an opening for cleaning. Look for evidence of this feature here, which has since been covered.
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Date Added Friday, October 11th, 2019 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 314176 N 4287563
Decimal Degrees38.71720000, -77.13738333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 43.032', W 77° 8.243'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 43' 1.9199999999998" N, 77° 8' 14.58" W
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