CANCELLED Everything You Wanted to Know About Outhouses, but Were Afraid to Ask

06/12/2020 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

This meeting/program has been cancelled for now.

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments.
Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

Interior of a sumptuous “necessary” at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut

On Friday, June 12, the Canterbury Historical Society cordially invites you to an entertaining and enjoyable program: “Outhouse – Americana through the Experiences of a Privy Builder” presented by ye olde tyme outhouse builder, restorer, and entertaining speaker to the publick, Georg Papp, Sr. of the Bull Hill Workshop in Colchester, Connecticut.

This folksy presentation explores the various names for this well-known icon of Americana, practicalities, folklore, construction specifications, and many other things such as the purpose of the “outhouse moon.” Georg assures us you’ll leave the program saying, “I never realized outhouses could be so interesting!”

Georg Papp, Sr., owner of the Bull Hill Workshop (, has crafted quality outhouses since prior to the turn of the century, restored many others, and has matured into one of the foremost authorities on the subject. Featured on WCVB Boston, WGBY Springfield, WFSB Hartford, and NPR radio, Georg claims to build “the best outhouses, backhouses, and privies this side of the 19th century!”

You’re Invited!
The welcome mat is out. Canterbury Historical Society monthly meetings, which always feature a history-themed program, are free and the public is warmly invited. Bring a friend, stay for complimentary refreshments, mingle, and get to know us a little. We will do our best to make you feel welcome. The business session, which begins at 7:00, rarely lasts more than half an hour. If you want to skip it and just come for the program, plan to arrive about 7:30.

The Canterbury Historical Society’s regular monthly meetings are on the second Friday evening of the month, except for July and August, when we take a summer break. We are happy to send email announcements of regular meetings and special events to nonmembers. If you’d like to be added to our list, please send a note, including your full name and the email address where you want to receive notices,  using the email form on the Contact page on this website.

Even better, please consider becoming a member of the Canterbury Historical Society. Membership is open to any person interested in the objectives of the society and willing to uphold its policies and subscribe to its bylaws, without regard to race, color, creed, sex, sexual preference or orientation, disability, or national origin. To remain or become a member, please click here for membership information.

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