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History

Millbrook, one of the fastest growing cities in the state, is proud of its past and confident about the future.

With a rich heritage dating back to the 1700’s, the Millbrook area, including Robinson Springs, Coosada, Deatsville, and Elmore, was known for its sprawling plantations and prominent leaders, including William Wyatt Bibb, John Archer Elmore, and Benjamin Fitzpatrick. Today, the area retains the best of its early features and natural resources, while aggressively pursuing economic development opportunities.

Numerous eras delineate Millbrook’s past. During the post-WWI and pre-WWII period, the communities of Millbrook, Coosada, and Robinson Springs, later referred to as the Tri-Community, began to evolve into populated growing communities, complete with schools, churches, and rail transportation.

Contributing to the population growth during the 1920s and 1930s were unfortunate outbreaks of disease in the more populated City of Montgomery. During this period, Millbrook became a place to retreat during the long, hot summers. Seasonal homes and cabins in Millbrook, Coosada, and Robinson Springs offered families fresh country air and seclusion. Soon, the seasonal population began to stay year round. Churches were quickly established and schools took form. The Bolling Hall School, the Lumley School, and later Robinson Springs School, served the increasing population. Some chose to continue their education in nearby Montgomery and traveled daily by train from Millbrook. Additionally, railroad transportation provided the growing population access to jobs in nearby cities. The railroad spur line of the early 1900s followed the present day route of Grandview Road.

As in the 1930s, much of today’s progress is linked to transportation. With the introduction of Interstate 65 in the mid 1970s, Millbrook’s growth led to formal incorporation as a city in 1977. Once again, those seeking a more relaxing lifestyle discovered the interstate exits immediately north of the state capital and the Millbrook population grew even more.

Today, as in the 1970s, ease of access is paving the way for prosperity. With substantial land area in which to expand and develop highly trafficked commercial sites, Millbrook’s future is very bright. A booming residential building campaign, which began in the 1990s, continues today and is largely responsible for Millbrook’s current high rate of population growth.