The Manawatu County Club has a long and illustrious history. It was founded in 1928 to provide a venue that nurtured a safe and supportive environment for women of all ages. Constance Putnam was the first President.
The Club originally leased rooms in Coleman Place, Palmerston North and after 50 years moved to premises in the Grand Hotel building. Later, in 1985, the Club leased rooms alongside the Manawatu Club in Church Street, until 1992, when the Club purchased its own property in Fitzroy Street.
In its early days the Club opened from 10am to 10pm, six days a week. Its 200 members were able to meet friends, play Bridge or make use of the Library while enjoying morning and afternoon teas or supper. The Clubrooms are now typically open during business hours. While the focus remains on women's participation in social and intellectual activities, the programme available has broadened significantly from Bridge and Library use to include a wide range of activity groups.