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.