Hammock Shops Village
It all began more than 80 years ago with a great hammock. Riverboat Captain Joshua John Ward had created the most comfortable and sturdy cotton-rope hammock ever in 1889 – and it steadily grew in popularity over the years.
So by 1938, when his family opened the Original Hammock Shop in Pawleys Island, it was only natural to feature this beautiful example of local craftsmanship.
The Hammock Shops Village is home to a number of restaurants and shops, including the Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock, where you can still view the weavers working their magic creating new hammocks. Bring the entire family and spend your day browsing everything from fashionable clothing and shoes to handcrafted collectibles and jewelry, coastal inspired treasures, wine, gifts, candy, specialty art, gourmet kitchen items and more.
In addition to hand-woven hammocks, fresh-caught crabs and oysters, art prints and other items, the roadside attraction along U.S. Highway 17 (also known as Ocean Highway) eventually added a plant nursery. And over the years, more and more buildings joined the complex – many of which were former local landmarks that were saved from demolition and moved to the site.
Today, this iconic setting offers a most memorable mix of Lowcountry nature, history, shopping and dining. Whether browsing in the shops, sipping wine on the deck, or watching the art of hammock weaving and sweetgrass basket making being demonstrated each day, the pull of Pawleys is ever-present at The Hammock Shops.
Whitmire Fine Jewelry is a must-stop with owner John Henry making unique jewelry, including beautiful pieces designed to look like the famous Pawleys Island seashell.
Restaurants include BisQit, where you can order a delicious burger on a bun or a homemade biscuit and wash it all down with a milkshake, which come in adult flavors, as well.
Local artisans are often on site making sweetgrass baskets, as well.