In the 1850s, a store and a blacksmith shop were built beside the Memphis-to-Kerrville Road. These two businesses, along with the homes of the owners, comprised the settlement in the present Millington area.
In the late 1870s, George Millington induced the tiny, flood-plagued settlement of Glencoe—centered around a sawmill, cotton gin, and a general store—to move to higher ground and rename their community Millington. Some citizens remember the wooden roads and horse and buggy trips to Memphis that took two days.
Today, Millington is a growing community with close ties to the NSA Mid-South complex, and has enjoyed years of prosperity as a naval town. The realignment of the base in the mid-1990s has brought new changes and the city has transitioned well, bringing in industry to replace jobs and creating new opportunities.
As a result of this realignment, the airfield onboard the base was turned over to the city of Millington, and is now run by the Millington Municipal Airport Authority. The airport, along with a total of some 1,900 acres, is the nucleus of the new West Tennessee Regional Business Center.
Millington has kept pace with the needs of its citizenry. The Baker Community Center, with a large clubroom, an auditorium and large and small conference rooms, provides a meeting place and social outlet for adults, teenagers and non-profit organizations. In addition, the city’s purchase of a former church facility as the new Civic Center provides meeting accommodations. In 2001, a YMCA facility opened adjacent to the NSA Mid-South complex. It offers a fitness center, indoor pool, outdoor water park, aerobic rooms, nursery and meeting rooms.
Many faiths are represented in Millington, with easy access to Jewish and other faiths in Memphis and suburban communities.
The Memphis-Shelby County Public Library is located on Navy Road next to City Hall. The facility stocks thousands of books locally, and has access to the entire Shelby County Library System resources.
There are nine parks in Millington, three with baseball or softball fields. All the parks contain picnic areas and playgrounds. USA Stadium is the host to numerous tournaments each year. The season starts with the Service Academies Spring Classic and includes the Junior College Division II World Series.
Golf courses in the area include the Glen Eagle (NSA Mid-South course), Forest Hill four miles north of Millington, Big Creek Golf Club three miles south and Edmund Orgill Golf Course within the city limits.
Located seven miles west of Millington atop the Mississippi River bluffs is Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. As the most visited state park in Tennessee, it provides 14,000 acres in native woodlands, walking and riding trails, picnic areas, boat ramp, rental cottages, rental boats, campground, nature center, swimming pool and wildlife. It also has one of the area’s only flying disk golf courses.
Just a few miles south of Millington is Memphis Motorsports Park at Millington. The action includes the Memphis 200 NASCAR/Craftsman Truck series, the ASAAC Delco Series-American Speed Association, AutoZone Nationals-NHRA Winston Drag Racing, Sam’s Town 250 NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division and more. Races are held March through September.
A mayor and a seven-member board of aldermen govern Millington.