Marysville, located in Hastings County, began as a small roadside farming settlement first settled in the 1820s. The largely Irish population built a Roman Catholic Church in 1837. A post office followed in 1851.
At first Marysville grew quite rapidly. As a result by the 1860s, it was home to three carpenters, a blacksmith, wagonmaker, shoemaker and milliner. On the positive side, Marysville benefited from its location on the newly opened Grand Trunk Railway (GTR) line. By the same token the railway equally on board with a station and telegraph services dome time in the 1860s. A hotel followed in the 1880s.
During the early part of the 20th century, Marysville boomed following the widening of Highway 2. It remained busy catering to highway traffic between Toronto and Montreal until the opening of Highway 401 in the early 60s. On the negative side, travellers quickly abandoned the old route. As a result, Marysville’s businesses gradually began to shut down.
Marysville still continues to support a small, but dwindling, population. A few buildings, both occupied and unoccupied still stand. Learn More