The William C. Goodridge Freedom Center and Underground Railroad Museum at 123 E. Philadelphia St. in York is the former Goodridge family home. It is one of few African American culture sites nationwide.
Goodridge was a African American entrepreneur who rose from slavery to business prominence in 19th Century Pennsylvania. He owned numerous properties and operated multiple businesses, all while secretly transporting the enslaved to freedom via secret compartments he had constructed in his railroad cars.
During renovations in the 1890s, workers found a hideaway (believed to have been hand-dug for freedom seekers) under the kitchen of the home. That hideaway and an intriguing collection of Goodridge-related artifacts are on display at the center and museum.
The Crispus Attucks Association of York has overseen the nonprofit center for about 20 years. In 2003, it became one of the first National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom sites designated by the National Park Service as a National Historic Landmark.