This three-seater outhouse was built by the Yender to replace the one built by the Netzley family. An outhouse was a family’s bathroom since indoor plumbing was not common until the 20th century. Andy Yender, who lived in the house as a child before it was donated to the museum, had memorized that the outhouse was exactly 40 steps from the back porch of his farmhouse.
Backstory and Context
This outhouse was the family’s bathroom since they did not have one inside the house. Andy Yender, who lived in the house as a child before it was donated, had memorized that the outhouse was exactly 40 steps from the back porch of his farmhouse.
The Yenders built this outhouse with three seats – two are adult-sized and one is made for a smaller child. Behind the inside back wall, there is a small area built-in that draws air outside and helps to keep unpleasant smells out. Mrs. Yender even kept flowers in the window!
Please note that the Yender Outhouse is no longer operational.
Resources collected and researched by The Museums at Lisle Station Park (MLSP) staff and volunteers