Community of New Albany, IN
The New Albany, IN, lawyers at McNeely Stephenson have years of experience helping individuals throughout Kentuckiana; Floyd County, IN; and Clark County, IN — providing quality representation across a range of legal practice areas, including estate and elder law, family law, personal injury, and criminal defense.
The magnificent city of New Albany was originally carved out of land granted to the nation as victors of the American Revolution and was founded three years before Indiana became a state. The site was purchased by Joel, Nathaniel, and Abner Scribner, three brothers from New York who selected this spot below the Falls of the Ohio for its commercial potential and named it in honor of the capital of their home state. Scribner House, the home built by Joel and his wife, still stands today, owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
New Albany became the seat of government for Floyd County in 1819 and was incorporated as a city (upgraded from a town) in 1839. For the next several decades, largely driven by shipbuilding and glass manufacturing, the city led the state in both population and wealth. With current population hovering around 37,000, the city is now considered to be part of the Louisville, Kentucky, Metropolitan Statistical Area. This was facilitated by the building of a bridge across the Ohio River in 1886, which provided a rail and road connection with Kentucky.
Among many firsts to happen here: the first plate glass windows in the U.S. were made and installed; the first public high school in the state was launched; that high school became the first in the country to operate its own radio station; the first in the state to create a consolidated school district; and chosen by President Lincoln for establishment of one of the first seven National Cemeteries. There are also a wealth of restored, historic homes in New Albany of varying ages, sizes, and architectural influences. The city sustains four locally regulated historic districts and seven National Register districts, including Main Street’s Culbertson Mansion, a three-story French Second Empire Style structure and Indiana state memorial. The historic Carnegie Library building houses the Carnegie Center for Art and History, a local history museum and contemporary art gallery with free admission.
Nicknamed the “Sunny Side of Louisville” and “River City,” New Albany hosts a popular historic home tour every August as well as the Harvest Homecoming festival every October, which is one of the largest annual events in the state. The city is the site of Indiana University Southeast, a regional campus in the Indiana University system. The university is organized into seven schools, offers over 55 degree programs, and features seven varsity athletic teams. Purdue Polytechnic Institute has a statewide location at New Albany, offering degree programs that follow the same curriculum requirements as those of the main campus in West Lafayette.
Just a few miles south of these institutions for higher learning, there is a thriving downtown that caters to all ages. From late spring to early fall, there is a popular farmers market at the corner of Bank and Market Streets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays featuring vendors that have locally grown goods as well as those with crafts, local artists, and not for profit organizations. Weekends from Memorial Day until Labor Day, the New Albany Riverfront Amphitheater at the foot of Pearl Street provides a range of events from free concerts and productions to festivals and private occasions. Bicentennial Park at the intersection of Spring and Pearl Streets also hosts public presentations for those who like a little music while they shop at the dozens of locally owned boutiques, antique shops, art stores, and more. The riverfront area also links New Albany with Jeffersonville and Clarksville along the Ohio River Greenway, one of many green spaces in which one can walk, run, or bike.
There’s a lot to love about New Albany. It’s a vibrant community offering retail, educational and cultural opportunities in southern Indiana. Whether this your home or you are just visiting, it’s our goal at McNeely Stephenson to protect your rights and provide counsel in a number of legal fields. We live and work here, and we care about every part of our community. We sponsor and participate in many of the local activities, including Harvest Homecoming, the Bicentennial Park Summer Concert Series, and events at the Culbertson Mansion.
The next time you have a question about estate and trust administration and planning, divorce, adoption, criminal defense, real estate, corporate and business transactions and litigation, creditor rights, financial institution, or personal injury such as car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, pedestrian accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, workplace injury, slip and fall accidents, or wrongful death, contact us for a confidential consultation. Call us at 1-812-725-8224 or fill out our online form.