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Tours of the Ealy House

The Ealy House, at 6359 Dublin-Granville Road, is open to visitors on selected days during the year or by appointment. To arrange an appointment for a group tour, please send the society an email.

Lucius Smith's Diary

The 1869-71 diary of Plain Township resident, Lucius Clark Smith, is available from His diary offers insight into daily life in central Ohio in the middle of the nineteenth century. Click here to purchase.

Ealy House Timeline

Click here to see a timeline connecting the Ealy House with the settlement of Plain Township, the history of New Albany, and events in the Ealy and Doran families.

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Welcome to the website of the New Albany-Plain Township Historical Society. New Albany and the surrounding Plain Township are located in Franklin County, just northeast of Columbus, Ohio.

Regular Society meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month.

The NAPTHS was founded in 1975 to bring together people interested in local history and to help members of the community achieve an understanding of this history through the collection and preservation of artifacts, documents, and oral accounts. The NAPTHS is committed to preserving and documenting our local history for future generations, at a time when Plain Township is rapidly evolving from rural farming community to upscale suburb.

Some examples of the Society's activities are participation in the annual Founders Day Celebration (started by the Historical Society in 1976 as part of the nation's Bicentennial), school and club tours of the Ealy House Museum, helping with high school student community-service requirements and senior seminars, and the creation of a Heritage Quilt depicting 1800s-era Plain Township in folk art applique. We invite you to browse these pages, read our newsletter, come to our meetings and events, and get involved. There are many volunteer opportunities and we welcome your interest and participation!


Tours of the Ealy House Museum and other activities of the Society are made possible by the generous donations of our members and supporters in the community.

The New Albany Plain Township Historical Society wishes to extend sincere thanks to the City of New Albany for generous grants over the past five years. These funds have allowed us to accomplish necessary maintenance and make improvements at the Ealy House.

The Society is also grateful to the New Albany Community Foundation and The New Albany Company for their past support which made possible the acquisition and restoration of the Ealy House Museum.

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How New Albany Got Its Name

It is uncertain how New Albany got its name, but we know it was named by Noble Landon, one of the founders, and it was included on the original plat map of the town in 1837.

Landon grew up in Albany, Vermont and moved to Ohio as a young man. He was a very skilled carpenter and built houses in the Licking County area and sold them "turn-key". He selected the name for St. Albans Township (Licking County) and was a postmaster in Johnstown. He built houses in both areas.

Later, Landon bought land in the area which is now New Albany and built the first building there (an Inn) at the southeast corner of Main and High Streets. He was also the first postmaster of New Albany.

In 1836 a small community near Athens, in southeast Ohio, obtained the name "Albany, Ohio". It is believed that could be the reason Noble Landon chose "New Albany" for the name of our town.

History of the Rocky Fork Metro Park Area

The proposed Rocky Fork Metro Park area runs along the top of Plain Township between Walnut Street and the Franklin County-Delaware County line. At present the Metro Parks own a portion approaching half of the land to be included in the Park. The Park authority is not yet ready to begin a large-scale development. However, construction of a small area, where a branch of Rocky Fork Creek crosses Walnut between Route 605 and Harlem, may soon be underway. Read about the history of the proposed Metro Park land...

One-Room Schools of Plain Township

Information about the former one-room schools of Plain Township can be found on pages 8-9 of the October/November 2011 issue of the Society's newsletter.

Memorial Brick Orders

Memorial bricks (pavers) for the Ealy house walkway may be donated in memory of or in honor of someone. The cost is $50.00 per brick. Please print and fill out one memorial brick order form per brick. Make check payable to NAPT Historical Society. Mail orders to:

Helen Pestel
P.O. Box 219
New Albany, Ohio 43054

Families of New Albany and Plain Township

In the spring of 2012, the Advanced Placement United States History classes at New Albany High School undertook a project to digitize and catalog documents related to local families. An archive of their work (in progress) may be found by clicking here.