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  1. #1
    E59
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    Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    As I've mentioned , I live in a historic area in an older house. We (stupidly) removed the outhouse on our property 8 years ago but I can easily dig there and if I follow the rock paths around my house I think there were other outhouse sites. What do people generally find in these weird black areas (aside from poop)? I tried once but quit after about 4 inches, fiinding nothing but I have found indian artifacts in my yard. How far should I dig if I am inspired?
    Hearts that are delicate and kind, and tongues that are neither-these make the finest company in the world.
    *Logan Pearsall Smith*

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    May 2003
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Carefully dig all the way to the bottom. Heavy objects and bottles had a soft landing and should be intact. The heavier the object the farther it'll sink. Make yourself a sifter and sift out all the dirt. It shouldn't be anything but fertilzer and seeds down there now. Some homesteads threw out broken dishes and other artifacts of interest. Someone hurrying to drop their britches might have dropped a coin(s) or popped a button. Kids throw some interesting things away sometimes. You never know what you'll find. My nephew has throw 1 of his mom's phones away and attempted another, not to mention flushing 2 watches down the crapper worth a total of $175. Kids can be a treasure hunters greatest friend sometimes. Good luck and let us know what you find. Jason
    We are living in the moment, digging up the past for the future to see.

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    1320

    Dec 2004
    East Central Kentucky
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Check this site out......

    www.bottlebooks.com

  4. #4

    Jan 2005
    flora ms.
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    old privys have great stuff in them just be careful and great huntin

  5. #5

    Jun 2004
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Get out that spade and dig the $hit out of that hole,Bet you will have many pic,s to post.Watch for the glass dont wont cut up hands.HH

  6. #6
    rvbvetter

    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Yes! A buddy and i were metal detecting an area in our city in calif. where they had been grading to put in a new street. As we moved along we kept stepping into little spots of soft ground and eventually noticed small pieces of colored glass here and there. Soon a light went off in our heads, maybe a little light, but a light none the less. OUTHOUSES!!! We dug into one and bottles of every description and color started appearing. Many embossed with Dr. so n so's mirracle cure, as well as other products and companys. Even a couple of nice embossed glass whisky flasks. We were only able to just scratch the surface of six of what looked to be a dozen or more spots in the two days we had before the road crew moved in and covered it over again. In all we ended with over 200 intact bottles of various shapes sizes and colors. All dated from the 1850's to the late 1800's Good luck on yours

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    Jan 2004
    Muncie, IND
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    make sure your tetanus is up to date within 10 years... HH Dave

  8. #8

    Oct 2004
    Oxford,Alabama
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    If you know people who remember this outhouse being used,Don't dig! otherwise dig away(being careful),when you start finding tomatoe seeds,slow down!
    CZ-5
    Oxford,Al
        or
    Lickskillet,Al

  9. #9
    SASQUASH

    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Should you dig that is like should you breath HA HA. Dig & dig to the bottom just like Swizzle said. as for worrying about the poop it is fertilizer at best. I'm working on getting permission to dig one hopefully this week cant wait. Having more fun then people SAQUASH. <><

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    E59
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    I think I'll start digging after I get my metal detector(hopefully this week). I just wanted to run it over the spot for fun. There is also a cystern in my back yard, still full, and 3! scary wells. 2 are still functional and full so I can't really do anything but I've found some really cool bottles in the big ditch that runs along out yard. I had to stop hunting because I found out that the neighbors lagoon leaks into it. Yaackkk! And what's up with all the comments in different posts about tomato seeds? Did they just eat alot of them back then or did they like to grow tomatoes on old outhouse sites? Anyway, as soon as I start digging I'll let everyone know what I find. I don't know how to post pictures with my computer or I'd show you. Sara
    Hearts that are delicate and kind, and tongues that are neither-these make the finest company in the world.
    *Logan Pearsall Smith*

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    May 2003
    upstate ny
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Get a strong magnet and a long string and drop it down the wells. You never know what you might find. As far as seeds go they would be too deep in the crapper to grow and our digestive system won't break them down. So when you find the seeds that's when your getting close to the goodies. I've also heard of people finding glasses and false teeth down there to so you may need a rabies shot as well lol. Also search around the crap house with your detector for caches. Although most crapper caches were probably half full whiskey bottles and not mason jar's full of silver. I'm working on gaining access to a outhouse used by 20 to 30 workers not to mention the people that owned the house and there kids. Its either my great great grandfather or my great great great grandfathers property. I hope I can get permission. I would love to dig up family treasures. Good luck and happy hunting. Jason
    We are living in the moment, digging up the past for the future to see.

  12. #12
    E59
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    I never thought of the magnet! We used onein our driveway about 5 years ago and came up with a small bucket of nails . If I can locate it I'll post what I found.
    Hearts that are delicate and kind, and tongues that are neither-these make the finest company in the world.
    *Logan Pearsall Smith*

  13. #13
    us
    Feb 2005
    Reynoldsville, PA
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    I know of one outhouse site, but its still in use. its at a church that was built about 200 years ago. I will not even attempt that one. digging outhouses would be a truely crappy job.

    mike

  14. #14
    Rich

    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Quote Originally Posted by PAmike
    I know of one outhouse site, but its still in use. its at a church that was built about 200 years ago. I will not even attempt that one. digging outhouses would be a truely crappy job.

    mike

    It might be crap,especialy if still in use?....

    but crappers are the spot to hit for bottles,coins,and more!....
    and no the remains of somesones 200 yr old "dump" would not be "crap" anymore,......it would of turned into very rich soil!.......night soil!..


    dig any outhouse thats not in use that dates pre-1900,also be very carful,........crappers are not trapped,but the walls can cave in on you very very easy and fast!...always dig with another person or the more people the better chances of finding PAYDIRT!

  15. #15

    Jun 2004
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    Re: Should I dig up the old outhouse?

    Rich, you made the point of only digging pre-1900 outhouse sites,Does that mean that any spot is unsafe that is dated after 1900? If not what is a safe time line after end of use?

 

 
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