Orange County was formed in 1816 from parts of Knox County, Gibson County and Washington County. The county seat, Paoli, is named after Pasquale Paoli Ash, the 12 year old son of the (at that time) Governor of North Carolina. The courthouse was a log structure that was built for $25 in 1819 with a more permanent stone structure completed in 1850. This building is the second oldest Courthouse in the state that has been continuously used since its construction. Like the oldest courthouse in Ohio County, it is a Greek Revival building with two stories and a Doric portico supported by fluted columns; it has ornamental iron stairs and a clock tower. In 1970, the clock tower was damaged by fire.
In the early 19th century, the Quakers came from North Carolina to escape slavery and brought with them many of the freed slaves. These free men were deeded 200 acres of land in the heart of a dense forest in Orange County. Word of mouth soon spread the news, and this land became part of the “underground railroad” for runaway slaves. For many years, the freed slaves in this area farmed, traded, and sold their labor to others while living in this settlement. There was a church and cemetery built for their families.
All that remains today is the cemetery. Some of the headstones were broken or vandalized over the years. Several years ago, a Boy Scout Troop restored the cemetery, replacing the lost or broken stones with wooden crosses designating a grave. This area was nicknamed “Little Africa” due to the black settlement and later “Paddy’s Garden”.Long Term Disability
O’Ryan Law Firm focuses mainly on long term disability claims, representing policyholders across Indiana. We understand the challenges and frustrations in pursuing a disability claim. We also understand insurance companies and how they operate. If you have a claim that has been wrongfully denied, O’Ryan Law Firm can assist you in enforcing your rights under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) or state law. Without a lawyer, this can be a tiring and confusing process. We try to resolve cases as quickly as possible because we understand that you need the money quickly to help with medical bills and lost income.Life Insurance
When you purchase a life insurance policy, you should be assured of the financial help you need when a loved one passes away. If you have lost a loved one and the insurance company is denying your claim, O’Ryan Law Firm can help. Bridget O'Ryan, is familiar with how the insurance industry will try to keep you from getting the benefits you need and deserve. Some insurance companies may claim that the coverage had lapsed, the death was not accidental, or that there was a change in the beneficiary. O’Ryan Law Firm utilizes forensic experts, pathologists and private investigators to prove that the insurance company's allegations are false and you are entitled to the life insurance benefits your loved one provided for your protection.
If you have been denied long term disability, short term disability, medical coverage, life insurance benefits, or Social Security Disability benefits we can answer all your questions. There is no charge for a free initial consultation. Contact O’Ryan Law firm either online or by phone at 317.255.1000.