The graceful and varied architectural heritage of Whitney Carriage Park began in the mid-nineteenth century when cousins F.W. and F.A. Whitney established the Whitney Carriage Company to build baby carriages – the first baby carriage manufacturer in the United States.
Leominster’s Comb & Carriage/French Hill Neighborhood is located between the downtown area and Whitney Field Mall. In addition to the Whitney Carriage Company, the area was home to a ladies comb manufacturing company as well as to makers of plastic toys and buttons. The prominence of the plastics industry in Leominster led to two other well-known manufacturers to open in the area: Union Products, the creator of the pink flamingo lawn ornament and Foster Grant Company, the manufacturer of high-end sunglasses.