The Garden Gnome
Meet The Famous Garden Gnome!
Come take your Picture!
The Original World’s Largest Gnome is the guardian in front of Kelder’s Farm.
One of the World’s Largest Concrete Garden Gnomes is located in the Hudson River Valley in Kerhonkson, New York on the 100-acre Kelder’s Farm (farming since 1779), on Route 209 in Ulster County.
Originally known as Chomsky, the towering concrete gnome overlooks the Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway. The holes of the golf course are landscaped with fruits and vegetables and used as a teaching tool for all.
Guinnes World Record!
The inscription at the base of the statue reads: “The World’s Largest Garden Gnome / Kelder’s Farm, Route 209, Kerhonkson, NY / Maria Reidelbach and Ken Brown, 2003 Fabricated by John Hutchinson and Maria Reidelbach, 2006”
The idea for Chomsky the Gnome originated in the mind of Maria Reidelbach, who co-authored the book “Miniature Golf” (Abbeville Press, 1987). Formerly from Battery Park City, Reidelbach created a garden-and city sized gnome out of chicken wire and wood as part of a post-9/11 recovery effort in 2003. The gnome was meant as a symbol to watch over lower Manhattan, but in 2005 the gnome eventually found its way to Kelder’s Farm.
At 13ft. 6 in., Chomsky still stands tall at Kelder’s Farm. When you visit the farm remember to say hello and have your picture taken with him!