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Transylvania County's First Public Rest Room For Women

Picturing The Past  


Last updated 12/14/2020 at 3:11pm

The UDC Library in Brevard. (Courtesy photo)

At the dawn of the 20th century, public restrooms were hard to come by, and Brevard lacked a dedicated public restroom for women. But the town and surrounding areas were growing, and by 1918 there was a recognition that a restroom was needed for women to use when visiting and shopping in town. Keep in mind that back then, the main means of travel for most people was on horseback or horse-drawn carriages. Journeys were long and arduous. For women, especially, it was quite complicated to heed the call of nature safely and hygienically. Around that time, a state law was passed that requir...

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