When you want the amenities of a big city but with a small-town feel, you choose a place like Millington, Tennessee. This small community is less than half an hour north of Memphis, which means residents and visitors to Millington can enjoy the best of both worlds. Want to learn more about Millington? Keep reading for an overview of the city’s history and culture from Gossett KIA!
Millington’s modern roots date back to 1878 when Mr. and Mrs. George Millington donated a large tract of land to a group of settlers to create a new town. Their only request was that the town be named after them. The town grew slowly and was officially chartered by the state in 1903.
When World War I broke out, Park Field was established as a pilot training facility. Training ceased after the war, but picked back up again during World War II. The military presence was maintained until the 1980s when the Base Realignment and Closure Commission starting downsizing the Millington facility. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South station is still located in Millington and is one of the largest employers in the state of Tennessee, with around 6,000 military, civilian, and contractor employees.
Residents of Millington have no shortage of activities available to them. One of the most popular local destinations is the Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. This beautiful park includes more than 13,000 acres of forest and swamps. Visitors can go camping, fishing, horseback riding, biking, boating, and hiking.
For high-speed thrills, the Memphis International Raceway is located right in Millington. It features a variety of motorsports including the International Hot Rod Association World Finals, Nitro Jam, the Professional Drag Racers Association, and much more.
Millington may be small, but it has a lot to offer. If you live in the Millington area and are in the market for a new car, be visit us at Gossett KIA in nearby Memphis for a great deal. Our dealership offers provides the northern Memphis area with a wide range of new KIA cars, including the 2016 Forte, Sportage, Optima and Soul. We also maintain a great selection of used cars in many makes and models; browse our website to learn more!