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The Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock was created in 1889 at Pawleys Island, one of the oldest summer resorts on the South Carolina coast. Captain Joshua John Ward, a river boat pilot who barged rice and supplies between nearby Georgetown and the great rice plantations of the South Carolina low country, found the grass-filled mattresses on his boat too hot in the summer.
He decided to make a cool and comfortable cotton rope hammock for use on his boat. After several uncomfortable designs, Cap'n Josh made a hammock using wooden spreaders without knots. This original design has proven to be so comfortable, that it is still used in popular Pawleys Island hammocks, over a century later.
Using the highest quality materials, Pawleys Island hammocks are available in the traditional all-cotton rope or the soft spun polyester rope. Their custom designed stretcher bars are cut from seasoned Carolina red oak, then steamed, bent, drilled, sanded, and varnished -- all to impart a comfortable sway to the hammock and to spread the rope evenly for optimum stability.
Today, The Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock is sold around the world. Thousands of friends now experience the comfort and tradition of an Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock.