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Panhandle Historic Preservation Alliance
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Friends of the Governor Stone

The Governor Stone was built in 1877 at Pascagoula, Mississippi, for Charles Greiner as a cargo freighter for his chandlery business. Greiner named the schooner in honor of his friend, John Marshall Stone, the first post-Civil War Governor of Mississippi. Governor Stone is the last known survivor of a class of vessels once numbering in the thousands. Through the years, she has carried materials and equipment, served as an oyster buy boat, run rum shipments from Cuba, and served as a private yacht. She was sunk twice by storms in the early 1900s and survives today to share her history with another century of admirers.

Now the restored vessel is devoted to educational programming and historic and cultural tourism. As it floats today, Governor Stone embodies maritime heritage as a moving museum and a reminder of the romantic period and the 130+ year old labor-intensive traditions of the Gulf Coast. Restored several times and repaired constantly, as befits a wooden seagoing vessel, the Governor Stone endures.

The vessel was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1991 through the United States Department of the Interior. Now owned and maintained by the 501(c)(3) non-profit group Friends of the Governor Stone, Inc., the vessel is an enhancement to cultural, historical, and ecological education and community events along the Northwest Gulf Coast.

The Governor Stone sails the second Saturday of each month from the St. Andrews Marina. Friends members can register until noon the Thursday before, then any remaining seats are offered to the public.  There is no charge. See their website or Facebook.com/GovernorStone for more information.

Second Saturday Sail:
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
St. Andrews Farmers' Market, 1121 Bayview Avenue, Panama City

Website: www.governorstone.org