About Gnome Countryside
Gnome Countryside came to life in 1981 when Rich Humphreys turned a magical idea into a reality. Since this time, thousand of children and adults alike have shared in the imaginative outdoor experience. Rich Humphreys integrated his love of nature with his interest in storytelling and the cross cultural belief in the little caretakers of the forest called gnomes. Rich's son Kesse is now sharing in the tradition through a variety of fun, imaginative, and educational events. He has incorporated his love for nature as well as his curiosity and excitement for life into a creative experience sure to excite the minds of both children and adults.
Kesse has had the good fortune to be born and raised on the beautiful property of Gnome Countryside. Following high school graduation, he attended the Lititz Watch Technicum and worked for Rolex for two years. He then traveled overseas, before graduating from Tyler School of Art for jewelry, metals, and a teaching certificate. He then opened his own watch and jewelry store, Lawrence Watts, in Lancaster before he became an art teacher at Solanco High School. After teaching for 6 years and working with summer camps and children's education since high school, he is excited to join in the educational programs that his dad began. He currently lives with his wife Katie and two energetic girls, Adeline and Elowyn, in a barn he remodeled into a house on the Gnome Countryside property. As you might be able to tell, he is a man of many interests and has combined many of them to share with you in these one of a kind outdoor experiences.