Millington, TN Area Guide

Millington is a wondrous city in Shelby County, Tennessee and had a population of 10,433 as of the 2000 census.  Millington is the home of Memphis Motorsports Park. The city was granted the title "Flag City Tennessee" by the Tennessee state legislature.  To discover more about the city of Millington and the friendly and supportive community who reside there, please visit Millington’s official website at:


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Millington is located along U.S. Highway 51, with easy access to Interstate 40, 240 and 55, in northern Shelby County, five miles from Memphis. Around 1878, a North Shelby County plantation owner offered to donate land for a town and to help build a railroad station on the newly established Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad line, which crossed his five-thousand acre tract of land. Part of his land was elevated and would offer higher ground for their homes, and settlers accepted his offer and agreed to name the town after the donors, Mr. and Mrs. George Millington. The communities of Millwood and Glencoe combined to from the newly established town of Millington.

The community continued to grow, along with other small settlements nearby. By the time the city incorporated in 1903, citizens of this small country town had developed a sense of civic pride. Soon Millington established water and light systems, bus service, a telephone company, a local newspaper, library and music room, scout groups and annual community celebrations.

Millington can still boast about providing the first school bus service for students in Shelby County, a wagonette, drawn by mules. Millington is also proud to claim the first accredited school in Shelby County (which includes Memphis).

Today Millington has some of the finest schools in the nation. Millington South Elementary, recognized by the United States Department of Education, is just one of four local elementary schools with a combined enrollment of 2,139 students and 104 teachers. The junior high (middle school) has an enrollment of 500 students and 30 teachers.

Millington Central High School is a comprehensive school for 1,500 students and employs more than 80 teachers, supported by a staff of some 30 auxiliary personnel. Eight buildings and a football stadium occupy the campus.

Since 1941, Millington has been the home of the world's largest inland Navy Base. The relationship continues to be mutually beneficial as the Navy and Millington work together for the joint use of a civilian/military airport facility.

In recognition of its many accomplishments in economic development, community leadership and overall livability, the state of Tennessee has awarded Millington its Three-Star Award, the state's highest community rating.

Millington, nestled in a beautiful section of northern Shelby County that's dotted with peach orchards, cotton fields, a myriad of lakes and crisscrossed by bridle paths through the scenic wooded countryside, is a community with just the right balance of yesterday and today.


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Millington’s attractions include Graceland, Memphis Motorsports Park, Memphis Grizzlies NBA, Memphis Redbirds AAA Baseball, Memphis Zoo, Memphis museums, Millington USA Stadium, Shelby Forest State Park, Wolfchase Galleria

Parks & Recreation

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Bordering on the mighty Mississippi River, two-thirds of this 13,467-acre park are bottomland hardwood forests of large oak, cypress and tupelo. The park also contains two lakes and many miles of hiking trails. The Meeman Museum and Nature Center is named for Edward J. Meeman, courageous conservation editor of Scripps-Howard newspapers who helped establish this park and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park maintains a boat ramp on the Mississippi River. Deer, turkey, beaver and some 200 species of birds are abundant

Park Activities:  biking, boating, cabins, camping, events, fishing, group camping, hiking trails, pinic facilities & swimming

Millington Arts and Recreation Department is to provide comprehensive Artistic and Recreational services for the citizens of our City and its surrounding areas. We will provide services that are responsive to the needs of those people we serve in an effective and efficient manner through team work, integrity, and honesty.


Ginger Whitlock
Ginger Whitlock