Gnomeland “New Hampshire’s Premiere Gnome Destination!” is a bogus attraction that can be found on the Internet but not in reality.
It started with Rich Kaszeta, who wanted to prank his co-worker Ariane, so when she took a day-trip to Vermont in 2013, Kaszeta installed 500 hand-painted gnomes in and around the house of his friend.
As an added touch, a large banner was draped across the driveway as a precursor of what was in store for the pranked upon friend.
Of course, the prank was a success and the unsuspecting Ariane and travel companions were overjoyed and thrilled when they returned home from their trip and found the entire property literally strewn with hundreds of miniature gnome statues. The statues all had names which were printed on the base of each gnome.
In addition, a website called “Gnomeland” was created to sustain the prank. It showcased bios of some of the various gnomes who live in Gnomeland.
According the website: “Gnomeland is pleased to announce our Grand Opening. After carefully selecting, installing, and posing over 500 gnomes across our property, we’re finally ready to cut the ribbon and welcome visitors! We’ve got hundreds and hundreds of gnomes of all different backgrounds, colors, and styles! Please come visit us at Gnomeland and check out our acres of gnome wonderland.
One of the “Gnomes of the Day” was Wilhelm, the founder of Gnomeland. Wilhelm was the first to arrive at Gnomeland, and now literally hundreds of his relatives have come to join him, including Onkel Gimli, a world traveler, Irwin who is obsessed with alligators, Lazenious Gnome III, aka “Lazy”, Fritz, one of the founders and third member of the Gnomeland Board of Directors, Hensel Immelman, a world recognized expert on Gnome History, Gnome archeology and Gnome Economic, and Feldwebel Camel, who deployed to Afghanistan after receiving his training at Camp Leatherneck.
Photographs of Ariana’s homecoming and her reaction to the gnomes can be found on Flickr.
NOTE: There is also a book about gnomes entitled “Gnomeland: An Introduction to the Little People” (2008) by Margaret Egleton. As well as a trailer for a proposed movie entitled “Gnomeland” where it is compulsary to wear red caps in the village. See Link below for trailer.
Somewhere in New Hampshire
Gnomeland – Ariane’s Reaction to Prank (Video)
Gnomeland – Rich Kaszeta YouTube Channel (Video)
Gnomeland – FlickR ( Prank Photos)
Gnomeland – More FlickR (Prank Photos)
Rich Kaszeta (Facebook)
Gnomeland at Metafilter (Forum)
Gnomeland Movie Trailer (Video)