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 2020 Census estimates, Millry recorded a population of 771. Of that number, 77.6 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 21.9 percent as African American, and 0.5 percent as American Indian. The town’s median household income was $38,967, and the per capita income was $25,502.
According to 2020 Census estimates, the workforce in Millry was divided among the following industrial categories:
- Educational services and health care and social assistance (33.9 percent)
- Construction (29.8 percent)
- Manufacturing (10.1 percent)
- Public administration (11.3 percent)
- Arts, entertainment, and recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.4 percent)
- Other services, except public administration (3.6 percent)
- Finance and insurance, and real estate and rental and leasing (2.8 percent)
- Transportation and warehousing, and utilities (1.6 percent)
- Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extraction (1.2 percent)
- Wholesale trade (1.2 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.
Washington County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Washington County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2005.