Cecil Whig - - HISTORY -

There is a small res­i­den­tial com­mu­nity 2 miles north of North East on Route 272 be­hind what is now Liquor World named Marysville, can you tell me any­thing at all about its his­tory?

— Gene Racine

Ce­cil County once had many thriv­ing lit­tle vil­lages, and one of those ham­lets is know as Les­lie, or Marysville. This place, for­merly a stop on the B&O Rail­road, is lo­cated along­side the North East Road (Route 272), where the Hol­i­day Inn is lo­cated and Les­lie and Marysville roads meet in this area. Les­lie took its name from an old Ce­cil County fam­ily, the founder of which was Robert Les­lie, who came to Amer­ica from Scot­land in the 17th cen­tury. The name was orig­i­nally spelled Les­ley. When the fam­ily set­tled in Ce­cil County is un­known, but in 1758 Robert Les­ley pur­chased a farm of 100 acres about 2 miles north of North East. When the Bal­ti­more & Ohio Rail­road crossed the county in 1886, a sta­tion was built here, ac­cord­ing to the Al­manac of Ce­cil County His­tory by Ernest Howard. Over the years, the vil­lage had a num­ber of en­ter­prises and ac­cord­ing to the 1902-03 busi­ness direc­tory it had a pop­u­la­tion of 125 peo­ple. It was on the daily stage line to Bay View, Zion, Calvert, and North East. There was a saw mill, two gen­eral stores, a liv­ery sta­ble and more here in 1902-03. And the vil­lage once had a post of­fice. Also, re­li­gious camps were es­tab­lished in Les­lie Grove, ad­ja­cent to the vil­lage.

Mike Dixon


The vil­lage of Les­lie, north of North East, re­cent years.

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