|Montauk built in 1874|
|House with porch on back side|
|Staircase viewed thru front door window|
He was a native of Connecticut, but his schooling did not go beyond 8th grade. He helped his father on the family farm. He taught school two years, and his father taught him in business. At age 21, he moved to Iowa, and worked on his brother-in-law's farm in Poston to learn more about the business of farming. He felt farming in Iowa would be a good investment.
The first brown Swiss cattle ever shown at the Iowa State Fair were shown by Governor Larrabee in 1885. He was elected the Governor of Iowa in 1885 and served two terms, until February 1890. He had imported the first Swiss cattle to Iowa from Switzerland in 1882. They grazed on Montauk's meadows. It was once a working farm with farm animals, barns, an orchard and grain fields.
|White barn at right rear houses antique carriage|
One of Governor Larrabee's daughters lived in the house until her death in 1965 at age 96. The family opened the home to the public in 1967, and maintained ownership until 1976 when the contents and 40 of the 200 acres were deeded to the State of Iowa as a historical site. The State Historical Society of Iowa now preserves it as a historical preserve. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Iowa Historic Site on National Register of Historic Places|
|Barn housing antique carriage|
|Evidence of flower gardens thru old trellis|
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