In the history of the River District’s Fogertyville there are certain homes that reflect those days gone by. Shawn Kaleta & Kiri Stewart’s home is one of these classic homes. Their colonial farmhouse style home sits on 26th Street W, once the main thoroughfare of the times, and only a block away from the Manatee River where shipping was the lifeline then. Originally a dairy farm with 2 cows and a barn built in the 1890’s, the owners built this stately home with its large, covered porch when the farm relocated in the 1920’s. The barn still stands and is a reminder of the area’s rich history. Many long-term Bradenton residents have resided in the home, which during those times came to be known as “The Taylor House” or “The Harrison House”, and some still lovingly refer to it as such. Now, Shawn and Kiri, who recently purchased it, are putting their personality on the home to create a new era in the years to come.
As you walk into this impressive 4000 square foot house you will find heart pine floors, wainscotting, high baseboards throughout, decorative hardware and multiple fireplaces. You’ll discover the farmhouse kitchen with all the modern conveniences, five tastefully decorated bedrooms, (the master bedroom having its own fireplace), and four bathrooms. Embracing modern comforts, textures, and colors creates a comfortable and welcoming home that makes you want to sink in and sit awhile.
Many of our Entre Nous Life Members have had ancestors live in the home or have resided there themselves, making this a true Life Member home on our Tour. We invite you to enjoy a delicious bite to eat at our Life Member Sweet Shoppe, located on the grounds. With savory bites and desserts made from recipes passed down from Life Members this is a stop you’ll want to be sure not to miss!