Necessary


May 17, 2020

Mt. Vernon – George Washington’s Historic Home…

Today, I wanted to show you some photos I took when I went to Mount Vernon with my son a few years ago. I also wanted to share my thoughts with you today… I’m not going to show you all the photos I took, save some for later.

It has been a cold and dreary day, drizzling off and on. It’s only 66 degrees (18.88 C) at the moment. Sometime soon I need to get my veggie plants outside and cucumber plants in the ground, hopefully this week. I was thinking today, but it’s not happening. When it’s cold and dreary, it’s hard to get a whole lot done…at least for me. On the bright side, we’re not wearing winter coats, nor have we fired up the wood stove. We are approaching the end of May and am hoping that those days are over. At least until fall. 2020 has been an odd year, so who knows…

Anyway, would you like to see some photos? I have included a link for a virtual tour near the end.

Hope you enjoy!

view of the Potomac River from the mansion,
located in Virginia, about 15 miles south of Washington, D.C.

The photo below is an outhouse…a very fancy one! Back in the day they were called privy’s or necessary’s. It is octagonal in shape. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a photo of the outside. There were too many people.

Necessary…

“A necessary was an outdoor privy, or toilet. Not only did it provide convenience, but the necessary also encouraged the centralized collection of human waste. The waste fell into large wooden drawers below the seats, which could easily be remover for proper disposal. The attractive design of the necessary exemplifies Washington’s interest in architecture and his desire to create a unified appearance for buildings near the mansion. This structure was rebuilt on the original site.”

During the winter months, the family and slaves used chamber pots.

The Old Tomb

The Old Tomb was the original resting place for George Washington and his family until 1831. The New Tomb was built based on his instructions in his will.

the old tomb had fallen into disrepair and upon Washington’s wishes,
a new one was built.

I don’t think George or Martha’s bones are actually in the caskets. The tomb has been broken into before (or at least they tried to), so the bodies were moved to a safer location. If I remember correctly…I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong.

You can visit the mansion virtually here. It is closed because of the pandemic until further notice.

Tomorrow is…

May 18
National No Dirty Dishes Day
National Visit Your Relatives Day
National HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
National Cheese Souffle Day

On May 18, 1785, John Wilson, Scottish writer was born (d. 1854) (onthisday.com)

1593, Playwright Thomas Kyd’s accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe (onthisday.com)

to see what photos/art I have available, click on any link below…
photos are also linked…

picfair (Bald Eagles)

Abstract Face Mask featuring the photograph Minimal by Holly Morris
Minimal Face Mask
pixels
frog peeking out of a plant saucer
frog peeking out of a plant saucer
shutterstock

“If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.” ~ Stephen Wright

Hope you have a great day, night or evening,
where ever you may be!
Thanks for stopping by!!

my son begged and pleaded with me to take a picture, so he could show it off to his friends in elementary school…he knew he wasn’t allowed to take it to school, so this was the next best thing. The blade is sharp, will do some damage, if you want to!

and on that note…

stay safe 🙂
take care 🙂
much love 🙂

9 Comments on “Necessary

  1. When I was a child, we had an outdoor “necessary”, just a one seater, though. I would have hated to share it with another person. 😆😆

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