The first Pawleys Island cotton-rope hammock, handcrafted by South Carolina riverboat captain Joshua John “Cap’n Josh” Ward in 1889, remains the heart of our brand even now, more than a century down the line. We’ve seen countless copies and knockoffs of Cap’n Josh’s inspired design through the years, yet in the end, there’s only ever been one Original.
Since those now-distant days of Cap’n Josh, we’ve continually improved upon our core materials and, where it’s made sense to, expanded our line of products. In addition to our classic cotton-rope Original, we now also offer rope hammocks in all-weather, cottony-soft DuraCord and soft-spun white polyester, as well as a selection of richly designed fabric hammocks, hammock-inspired swings, hammock stands, swing stands and key relaxation accessories.
For years you could only find the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock in the cozy little Original Hammock Shop in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Many of our rope-hammock bodies are still woven right there, in much the same manner as back in Cap’n Josh’s time. Yet today, the Pawleys Island brand – the most-recognized hammock brand ever – is also carried by numerous top-line retailers worldwide, distributed from our company headquarters in Greenville, North Carolina.View Website