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Fort Stanwix National Monument Presents Historic Artifacts From 19th Century, Including A Chamber Pot of Questionable Taste


What did Capt. Basil Hall, a 19th century naval officer for the British, do to deserve having his portrait placed on the bottom of a chamber pot? NPS photo.

It is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an honor to have your face portrayed in the bottom of a chamber pot. But that was the fate of British Naval Capt. Basil Hall, and you can find the proof at Fort Stanwix National Monument in New York.

The chamber pot is one of several 19th century artifacts that are on display at the monument from now through October 17th.  The history of archeology at the park and the process of archeology are described in panels with pictures from the actual excavations.

"We are excited to share objects from our collection that have never been seen by visitors and to showcase the archeology that made this park possible," says Debbie Conway, the monument's superintendent.

Among the artifacts  is the chamber pot. You're invited to visit the monument to see the chamber pot for yourself and find out what Captain Hall did in the 19th century that made him so despised in the young United States.

The monument is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.



Okay, now, for those of us who have no chance of visiting Ft. Stanwix and will not be able to sleep wondering what the story is, how about telling it to us some day?

C'mon fellow Travelers.  Let's hear your cries of outrage!

Sorry, Lee, the folks at Fort Stanwix aren't spilling the beans. Sounds like a road trip, no? Wanna carpool?;-)

Those scoundrels!

Ah, ha!  Google is wonderful!

That chamber pot isn't really much different from the emblems seen frequently in the back windows of pickup trucks.

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