Barcroft Community House Outhouse
From its construction in 1908 until the County installed water and sewer lines in the neighborhood in the mid 1930's, the Community House had an outhouse.
Barcroft outhouses had containers to collect the waste that were emptied by a service that came once a week. The BSCL had a Sanitation Committee to deal with issues. One famous neighborhood story was about a sanitation worker who slipped while carrying a container on his shoulder. Another was about a collection wagon that was hit by a train crossing Columbia Pike. Although memorable, there were fortunately no injuries in either case.
Below is Mildred Handy Richie's drawing, done from memory in 1985, of the outhouse she remembered so well as a student at the school. Divided into boys' and girls' sides, it had three holes on each side.
This page was revised on: October 29, 2023.