Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs

Caretakers of the Historic Bassett House, Whitewater WI


A new event we are hosting this year is our Spring Concert Series. We will be hosting two concerts at Bassett House with wine and cheese pairings as well. You can reserve your place at one or both concerts. The dates of the concerts are April 7th or May 26th. Tickets are $30 for one concert or $50 for both. Student pricing is also available. More details and contact information in the flyer below.

Ladies and Young Ladies Tea a Success

April 26th, a fun and charming "Ladies and Young Ladies Tea" was held at Whitewater's beautiful Bassett house. Highlights included the elegant table settings and many colorful hats. Attendees played tea party games while enjoying delicious sandwiches and pastries served by women from the Delta Zeta Sorority. 

The Whitewater Federation of Women's Clubs puts on the annual event to raise funds for the preservation of the historic Bassett House. 

Photos courtesy of Tom Ganser.

Bassett House Spring Concert Flyer

Bassett House is available as a venue for your events 

In addition to the meeting room, which has a capacity of 40, 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 two clubs:  Emerson and Florence Bassett. Both 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 Italianate features. The house remains essentially as built, although 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.

We're excited to share this video created by James Olm of Whitewater Landmarks Commission featuring the Bassett House.