Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion, was one of the richest women in the nation. During the Civil War, Acklen faced financial ruin when the Confederate army threatened to burn her cotton to keep it from falling into Union possession. Duping both armies, Adelicia traveled to Louisiana and single-handedly negotiated the sale of her cotton to Rothschilds of London for a reported $960,000 in gold.
The 2010 American Sheep Industry Association Convention is being held in Nashville, Tenn., from Jan. 20-23. Mark your calendars and begin making your plans to attend this industry-wide event that will be taking place in Music City.