The History of Doing Business

Open now in the Gathering Room

Potty, commode, thunder mug, guzunder, and Texas teacup are just a few unique nicknames for the humble chamber pot. In the latest exhibit at the Gaston County Museum, visitors can explore the history of a chamber pot. “The History of Doing Business” opens on February 20, 2024 and we hope visitors have as much fun learning about chamber pots as we did!

“Everybody goes, but how did people in the mid to late 19th century do their business?” Gaston County Museum’s Curator, Alicyn Wiedrich, asks. “Even though indoor plumbing existed at that time, the sewage system was not public or wide spread enough to accommodate every household. Instead, people used outhouses and chamber pots. Some households used this into the 1940s!” She went on to entice visitors to visit the museum, “I encourage our community to come see items from our permanent collection, learn about sanitation in the 19th century, and even explore how chamber pots were used in the historic Hoffman Hotel,” Wiedrich concludes.

“The History of Doing Business” opens on Tuesday, February 20, 2024. The Gaston County Museum is free to experience.

The Gaston County Museum of Art & History is open 10am-5pm on Tuesdays through Fridays and 11am-4pm on Saturdays. You can call (704) 922-7681 for more details. For questions about “The History of Doing Business” or other exhibits, please contact Alicyn Wiedrich at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..