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Chomsky the Giant Garden Gnome

5755 U.S. 209, Kerhonkson, New York 12446 USA

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“the garden cousin of Noam Chomsky”

Our gnome began his existence at Goofy Garden Golf on Pier 25, a wonderful neighborhood park on a pier jutting into the Hudson River off the Manhattan neighborhood of Tribeca. Maria Reidelbach and Ken Brown created him for a renovation we did of the only miniature golf course in Manhattan. The pier was maintained by the commumity group Manhattan Youth, and is part of the Hudson River Park. We made a giant gnome because: there were gnomes on the very first miniature golf course created by Freida Carter on Lookout Mountain in 1927; we wanted something big to attract attention from the Hudson River walkway, bike way, and West Street and last--we love garden gnomes and we needed a one for our Goofy Garden Following the Goofy Garden theme, our gnome was made to look like he was made of flowers and leaves. After we finished, we discovered that at a mere 13' 6” tall, he was the worlds biggest garden gnome. When Pier 25 was torn down for rebuilding several years later, we saved some beautiful bits of Goofy Garden Golf, including our giant gnome, who had come to be known as Chomsky. We packed him into a U-Haul truck and brought him upstate where he was stored in a shed. When we built Homegrown Mini-Golf we knew we had found the perfect new home for Chomsky, welcoming all those who travel on Route 209, and becoming a permanent part of the tradition of American Roadside Colossi. Working with the fabricator John Huchison, we transformed Chomsky into concrete, which qualified him for a Guinness World Record (since that's what "real" garden gnomes are made of).

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Reviewed by
kairakaira

  • 9 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 25, 2015
Rated 5.0

Went today and there was a giant gnome there. Who doesn't love that.

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kpossible318

  • 18 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
August 15, 2020
Rated 5.0

Went out of our way to visit the giant gnome and it didn’t disappoint! I expected to just see a large statue but there was a sunflower patch, mini golf, bouncy thing, petting zoo, and homemade treats inside the barn. Definitely a fun stop!!!

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jpp1026

  • 36 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 12, 2019
Rated 5.0

There’s lot to do here with kids or it’s just worth a quick photo op with the gnome

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kkruby

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April 26, 2019

Fun stop! Fantastic small farm. Picking, bouncing, mini golf, animals and more.

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Chomsky the Giant Garden Gnome

5755 U.S. 209
Kerhonkson, New York
12446 USA

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