Warner’s Macaroni Barn Advertising – New York

What was Warner’s Macaroni?

While researching this weathered old advertising barn I’d seen, I inadvertently fell down a macaroni shaped rabbit hole. It’s funny how that happens when you try to find out more about the things you see while out exploring.

Warner's Macaroni barn advertising ghost sign - warners macaroni

Warner’s Macaroni was a brand of dry pasta produced by Joseph Warner in the late 1800s and early 1900s. At the time, pasta was not as common as it is today in the United States. Warner saw an opportunity and he began producing macaroni and other types of pasta.

Warner's Macaroni barn advertising ghost sign- new york state - warners macaroni

Warner’s Macaroni quickly became a popular brand. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, the company ran numerous print advertisements in newspapers and magazines to promote its products. They also used barn advertising in more rural areas.

warner's macaroni barn advertising - warners macaroni

Warner’s Macaroni – An OG in the Macaroni Game

Despite its early success, the Warner’s Macaroni company faced stiff competition from other pasta makers in the early 20th century.

[take a deep breath] Okay… Based on what I found ~ Warner’s Macaroni eventually merged with another New York pasta company and became The Hotaling-Warner Macaroni Company. That company was then acquired by the American Macaroni Manufacturing Company from Brooklyn in the mid-1920’s. Then in the 1940’s that company was bought by Nabisco, who ultimately merged with Kraft Foods in 2000. So this ole barn is like – the gran’pappy of Kraft Mac. Go figure!

Unfortunately what I cannot find is the location of the barn on Google Maps. It was one of those serendipitous discoveries and I don’t have a pin for it. The best I can tell from the photo timing on my camera roll is that the barn is somewhere within a half an hour of the Colliersville, NY post office and the Cherry Valley Bookstore. I passed it on my way to The Tepee in Cherry Valley, NY.

[edit – 02/22/23]

A big thanks to Skip for the coordinates on the barn!

Happy Exploring!


Rachael is the whimsical writer behind the 20+ year old Girlie Motorcycle Blog. As a freelance blogger, she is on a mission to inspire laughter, self-examination, curiosity, and human connection. Girlie Motorcycle Blog can be found on several Best Motorcycle Blog lists.

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7 Responses

  1. Bob B says:

    I appreciate that you did some research into the history of the company. My first house in MA was in Tewksbury, right next to Lowell; the home of Prince Spaghetti. Their ads featured an Italian mother in the mostly Italian North End of Boston yelling “Anthony”, to call him home for dinner. Wednesday night was Prince Spaghetti night in MA. When my parents came to visit, I took them to the Prince Grotto Restaurant in Lowell, and my Dad had fun speaking Italian with the staff. Thanks for reminding me. Bob

  2. Chris says:

    Cool. We had a Larosa spaghetti factory near us in Watminster for years when geowing up

  3. Skip says:

    42.529722067170844, -74.97555752820215

  4. Christopher says:

    Hey Rachael! I spotted this early evening last night on my way home and was blown away! I was going to post it on IG so I started to research Warner’s and came across your blog. You’ve done all the research so I’m going to clip it and credit you. You’re not very active on IG but I’ll tag you anyway!

  5. Dominick Marinelli says:

    This barn was and maybe still owned by my Great Aunt and Uncle’sFamily. Uncle Clark and Aunt Emily. Used to spend a lot of my summers as a kid hanging out in that barn. Thank you for the memories. Loved that family. A great childhood memory!!!

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