he idea for the hammock came from Joshua John Ward, a riverboat captain who ferried rice and supplies between the vast South Carolina rice plantations of Georgetown and Waverly Mills. Captain Ward found the lumpy, grass-filled mattresses on his boat too hot for the sultry coastal summers, so he set about designing a soft, cool bed that would serve his purpose. The result was a hammock so durable and comfortable that its handmade design has endured since the 1880's.
The Pawleys Island Hammock
It is meticulously handcrafted on Pawleys Island, South Carolina by the Lachicotte family, descendants of Captain Ward. Unlike ordinary hammocks, it is handwoven instead of knotted, using the highest grade soft cotton twill rope. It supports evenly and comfortably because it contains twice as much rope as most comparable models (the 13-1/2-foot hammock uses a full 1200 feet). Mounted on handcrafted seasoned oak staves for maximum stability. Heavy-duty hooks and chains are provided with instructions for hanging. Two-person hammock: 5' W x 7' L, overall 13-1/2' L.