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James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Caboose in Millry City Park
Millry is located in north-central Washington County in the southwest corner of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
White settlers first came to Millry in the early nineteenth century. They took over the land from the resident Choctaws in a dispute over a dam on a local creek. Millry became primarily a farming community, with some lumber production.
According to 2016 Census estimates, Millry recorded a population of 563. Of that number, 65.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 30.0 percent as African American, 2.8 percent as American Indian, 0.9 percent as Asian, 0.9 percent as two or more races, and 0.5 percent as Hispanic. The town's median household income was $32,813, and the per capita income was $21,491.
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Millry was divided among the following industrial categories:
  • Manufacturing (48.3 percent)
  • Construction (13.1 percent)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (9.1 percent)
  • Retail trade (8.0 percent)
  • Educational services and health care and social assistance (6.8 percent)
  • Professional, scientific, and management, and administrative and waste management services (6.5 percent)
  • Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (3.4 percent)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (2.8 percent)
  • Other services, except public administration (2.8 percent)
  • Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.7 percent)
  • Public administration (2.3 percent)
  • Information (1.1 percent)
Schools in Millry are part of the Washington County school system; the town has one K-12 school.
State Highway 17 bisects Millry running north-south.
Events and Places of Interest
Public Fishing Lake in Millry
Millry holds an annual Catfish Festival in March, featuring such activities as a catfish toss, an antique car show, a puppy contest, a fishing tournament, food and crafts vendors, and live musical entertainment.
Bladon Springs State Park is located about 10 miles northeast of Millry, and the Washington County State Public Fishing Lake is located about two miles west of town.

Additional Resources

Washington County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Washington County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2005.
Published:  August 22, 2013   |   Last updated:  September 30, 2020