Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs

Bassett House was bequethed to the Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs by Florence Bassett in 1926. 

Built in 1857 for Thomas and Bessie Vilas Bassett and daughter, Florence. The Bassetts came to Whitewater from New York state. Thomas owned and operated the Boot and Shoe Store which was locate
d 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 lived in his lovely new home for only seven years before selling his store and moving  for health reasons. Florence and her mother continued to live in the house for the remainder of both of their lives. Florence had been a member of one of the Federation clubs and treasured the friendships she had formed.

The house was built in the transitional Greek Revival style with Italianette features. The house remains essentially as built, a 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 the "Rental Info" link found on this page.

Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs Mission Statement:
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 three clubs are found on the left side menu.

Endowment Fund

Donate to the Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs Endowment Fund to help maintain Bassett House.
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160th Birthday

160th Birthday Celebration

Bassett House celebrated its 160th Birthday this year. A celebration was held October 29 2017. Click here to see the article in the Jefferson Daily Union Newspaper.