The purpose of the Corporation known as the Whitewater Federation of Women’s Clubs shall be a means of communication to provide for the following: mutual helpfulness and betterment of our city, educational enrichment of our membership, and preservation of Bassett House. Any club or individual who supports the objectives of the Corporation may become a member. Contact the federation or club officers for more information. Links to more information about the four clubs are below:
The Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs has owned and cared for the Florence Bassett House since it was bequethed to them by its namesake in 1926.
Bassett House was built in 1857 for Thomas and Bessie Vilas Bassett. With their baby daughter Florence, the Bassetts came to Whitewater from New York state. Thomas owned and operated the Boot and Shoe Store which was located just west of the grist mill built on the creek in the 1830's. Mr. Bassett sold groceries, provisions and garden seeds in addition to boots and shoes.
Thomas Bassett lived in his lovely new home for only seven years before selling his store and moving to the Eastern seashore for health reasons. Florence and her mother continued to live in the house for the remainder of both of their lives. We are told that they lived in just two upstairs rooms. Florence had been a member of one of the Federation clubs and treasured the friendships she had formed there.
Bassett House was built in the transitional Greek Revival style with Italianete features. The house remains essentially as built though a two-story addition was made to the west side of the house in 1878 and several downstairs walls were removed on the first floor in order to form a large meeting room.
The lower level of Bassett House is available for daily rentals. In addition to the meeting room, which has a capacity of 50, there is a kitchen, coat room, rest room, dining table with buffet and an alcove with a baby grand piano. For information on rentals, click on this link:
Bassett house has live-in caretakers and a rentals manager to assist.