Contact: Sarah Oltrogge, 515-281-4011, Sarah.Oltrogge@iowa.gov
MOINES – Montauk,
the home of Iowa’s 12th governor, will host its annual Christmas Open House
1-4 p.m. December 4, 2005.
The historic mansion, home
to Governor William Larrabee and his wife, Anna, will be decorated by local flower
shops and clubs. Horse drawn wagon rides will be available throughout the afternoon
and hot cider, homemade bars, cookies and candies will be served.
Music students Sara Strong
of Elgin, and Carla Hanson and Wendy Larson of Clermont will entertain guests
along with Evan Flynn of Sumner. All visitors are invited to participate in caroling
later in the afternoon.
Montauk, a vintage brick
and native limestone mansion built in 1874, overlooks Clermont on the scenic Turkey
River. The Larrabee family furnished amd maintained the residence for more than
100 years. All of its furnishings are original to the home, and it is designated
as a State Preserve.The State Historical Society of Iowa owns and preserves Montauk,
which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Visitors enjoy the area’s
wooded hillsides and walking tours featuring architectural treasures including
Union Sunday School, the Opera House, Reigel’s Blacksmith Shop, Clermont
Museum and the Larrabee School. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy canoeing, tubing, hiking,
biking,skiing, fishing and golfing.
In conjunction with Montauk’s
open house, a Vesper service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Union Sunday School
in downtown Clermont. Both events are co-sponsored by the State Historical Society
of Iowa and the Clermont Historical Society.
Montauk Historic Governor’s
Home is located on U.S. Highway 18, about one mile northeast of Clermont. Please
contact Nadine West at 563-423-7173 for more information.
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