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All photos © 2012 Patricia Blackstock
By: Patricia Blackstock
The Pawleys Island Hammock Shops are located in Pawleys Iland, SC, just a few miles south of Myrtle Beach. If you're looking for shops and restaurants unique to the area, leave the big malls behind and head down to Pawleys Island. Just one look, and these beautifully designed shops will draw you inside to discover something unique and uncommon.
A few years before we moved here in 1997, I was already the proud owner of a Pawleys Island Hammock...a gift from my daughter. At that time I had no idea where Pawleys Island was located. So you can imagine my surprise upon discovering that the birthplace of my hammock was not far from our new home!
I have been told that the idea of the original hammock came from Joshua John Ward, a riverboat captain who lived in the Low Country. He thought the lumpy, grass-filled mattresses on his boat were too hot for the coastal summers, so he set about designing a soft, cool bed that would serve his purpose The result was a hammock so strong and comfortable that its handsome design has endured for more than a century.
The hammocks are sold today at The Hammock Shops. You can view a demonstration of hammocks as they are being made.