Like many turn-of-the-century outhouses, this privy has a crescent
moon on the door. But why?
According to outhouse history, upscale country inns originally offered
two outhouses—one for men and one for women. On the men’s door
was carved a sun for Sol, a male symbol. On the women’s door was
carved a moon for Luna, a female symbol. The carvings functioned
as “Ladies” and “Gents” signs.
In the late 1800s, the country inns became less elegant and the
men’s outhouse was discontinued because of the proximity of the
forests or bushes.
Only the outhouse style with the crescent moon has survived.
Outhouse with crescent moon design