Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs

Photos from our 3rd Annual Packer's Tailgate Party, held October 11, 2018. $6,505 was raised to benefit the Bassett House Endowment Fund.

Bassett House is available as a venue for your events

In addition to the meeting room, which has a capacity of 50, there is a kitchen, coat room, restroom, dining table with buffet and an alcove with a baby grand piano. For information on rentals, navigate to the rentals page.

Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs consists of three clubs: Alpha Minnieska, Emerson and Florence Bassett. All three clubs are currently recruiting new members. Contact any member or email bassetthousewhitewater@gmail.com for more information on joining.

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.

History of Bassett House and Bassett Family: The home was bequeathed 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 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 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.

Architecture: 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.

Donate to the Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs Endowment Fund to help maintain Bassett House in perpetuity.

160th Birthday Celebration

A celebration was held October 29 2017. Click here to see the article in the Jefferson Daily Union Newspaper.