Of Historical Note: Remembering a refuge
By Lori Berkey
Hudson – The photo of this domicile was taken at 368 Chestnut St. in Hudson. Known as the “Goodale Homestead,” the place is the oldest abode in Hudson. That's per information posted by the Freedom's Way Heritage Association. According to information included on the organization's website, www.freedomsway.org, the dwelling was a Civil War era refuge for runaway slaves.
The details provided at the site also reveal that the house started out with only two rooms, but was expanded by later generations of the Goodale family to include rooms on both sides of the home, plus a second floor. The home, which was once open to the public, stayed in the Goodale family for 223 years before being transferred to a private trust.
According to historical data posted on the town of Hudson's website, www.townofhudson.org, the Goodale house dates back to the 1600s and was one of several local homes in Hudson that were “part of the Underground Railroad in the 1800s, sheltering freedom-seekers behind a fireplace wall.”
According to information posted at the site, the Goodale house is the only remaining home that served that purpose during the strong abolitionist movement that existed in town during those times.
Per the New England Forestry Foundation, Francis Goodale donated the Goodale Family Forest in 1967. According to the foundation, advocacy for industrial park development in the area where the forest is situated in Hudson has been strong, but conservation efforts have provided a range of open space perks for the town.
The Goodale Homestead is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places.
Of Historical Note is a weekly segment of the Community Advocate that features a hidden or well-known landmark from one of our newspaper's six communities.
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