Maples Stock Farm is located in Elkmont, Alabama. It has been in continuous operation by the same family since February 11, 1818. It was the fifth generation of the Maples Family that brought Angus cattle to the farm. Mack Maples noticed black cattle on a farm during a cattle drive. The owner of the farm was a Scotsman and introduced Mack to Angus cattle, a breed native to his original home in Scotland.
Mack bought four heifers that day for $50 each. The next year he returned for six more heifers. He selected a good, young bull from the Ames Plantation herd, Flying Horse Elmour 13, for his first registered Angus bull. Eleven years later, his son, Billy began laying the foundation for the next generation of the herd. His Angus steer was selected Grand Champion at the Birmingham State Steer Show at the 1948 Alabama State Fair and sold for $4,000. That money was invested in 8 Angus heifers, his foundation herd.
Billy and his wife, Nancy Jo, raised their 3 children on the farm. Today, their youngest son Tommy runs the day-to-day operation. His 4 children were raised on the farm.
Tommy's oldest son, Ben also helps with the operation and is raising his family on the farm in the house Mack built.