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.
Millry's population according to the 2010 Census was 546. Of that number, 60.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 37.9 percent as African American, 0.9 percent as two or more races, 0.5 percent as Native American, 0.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.2 percent as Asian. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $34,625, and the per capita income was $18,112.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Millry was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (15.1 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (13.4 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (12.9 percent)
· Construction (12.5 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (11.2 percent)
· Retail trade (9.9 percent)
· Wholesale trade (7.3 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (6.9 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (6.5 percent)
· Public administration (4.3 percent)
Schools in Millry are part of the Washington County school system; the town has approximately 615 students and 35 teachers in one K-12 high school.
State Highway 17 bisects Millry running north-south.
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.
Washington County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Washington County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2005.
James P. Kaetz
Published August 22, 2013
Last updated August 22, 2013