The Origin Story
The Hammock Shops Village reflects state and local history. The complex background of how the shopping village came to be, showcases its importance in both South Carolina and Pawleys Island history. The Hammock Shops Village is located in Pawleys Island, South Carolina on Hwy 17. The Village currently comprises twenty-one unique shops, two restaurants, a playground, beautiful landscaping, and common places of leisure. This whole outdoor shopping complex adopted its name from the “Original Hammock Shop,” which was established in 1938.
The formulation of the hammock weaving business in Pawley’s Island was catalyzed by a prominent riverboat captain, who ferried rice and supplies between Georgetown and Waverly Mills, the location of prominent rice plantations and rice mills. The captain found his grass-stuffed mattress on the boat too hot for sleeping during the South Carolina summers and even the hammocks of the time were not made out of breathable material. Striving for a more comfortable sleep, in 1889, the riverboat captain designed a hammock to be as breathable and comfortable as possible. His creation consisted of cotton ropes and was weaved in such a way that there were no thick knots where he would lay. The invention of this comfortable hammock would one day become the basis for the livelihood of the Lachicotte family, a symbol of the relaxing culture of the area, and contribute to the economic development of Pawleys Island.