Now sold around the world, the Original Pawley's Island Rope HammockŪ
was created in 1889 at Pawley's Island, which remains one of the oldest
summer resorts on the South Carolina coast. Credit for its invention is
given to Captain Joshua John Ward, who found the grass-filled mattresses
on his river boat too hot during the summer months
Captain Ward had several unsuccessful attempts, making uncomfortable
hammocks, before stumbling across the familiar design that incorporates
wooden spreaders and no knots. One century later, the design is still
unsurpassed and the Original Pawley's Island Rope Hammock remains one of
the most popular models.
Today's version of Captain Ward's hammocks use custom designed stretcher
bars that are cut from seasoned, Carolina red oak. The bars are then
steamed, bent, drilled, sanded and varnished, offering optimum stability
and, more importantly, optimum comfort. The hammocks are available in the
traditional, all-cotton rope or soft-spun polyester rope.