The Original Hammock Shop


It’s hard to believe these soft, handmade, cotton-rope hammocks were first designed in 1889 out of sheer need to improve less-than-ideal sleeping conditions on a riverboat. Captain Joshua John Ward, who transported rice from plantations to the nearby coastal towns of Georgetown and Waverly Mills, wanted something to replace his grass-filled mattress, which was particularly uncomfortable on hot summer nights.

Sailors told him about woven hammocks from Central America that allowed for cool, comfortable, shipboard sleep. Realizing he wouldn’t be able to travel abroad to get one, he fashioned his own airy yet strong cotton version. It was so sturdy that it has withstood the test of time. Today you can visit the shop’s weaving shed, where craftspeople weave a ¼-mile of white cotton rope into each classic hammock. The weave is then attached to a frame and finished off with traditional, self-tightening nautical knots.


10880 Ocean Hwy.
Pawleys Island, South Carolina 29585


33.44348100, -79.12373400

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Mon.--Sat. 9:30--6, Sun. noon--5.
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(843) 237-9122

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