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