The word hammock likely elicits memories of a lazy, sunny afternoon lounging under your favorite oak tree.

You can thank Joshua Ward, or "Cap'n Josh," for that.

Back in the late 1800s, Cap'n Josh was a tired riverboat captain who ferried rice and other cargo from South Carolina's inland plantations to port in coastal Georgetown, which is just north of his hometown of Pawleys Island. He wasn't a fan of sleeping in his boat on a grass-filled mattress or in canvas hammocks, such as they were in the late 19th century. So, Cap'n Josh decided to make his own hammock using rope. After several attempts, he found the winner: heavy cotton rope in a double-latch weave, so the individual ropes pull against each other to produce a lattice-like design. To this day, that is still the world's most popular brand of rope hammock.

Cap'n Josh's tradition lives on at The Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock, where these wonders of comfort are still constructed by hand and sold. Check it out if you're in the area. And if your backyard currently doesn't have a hammock, we'll bet you leave this store with one of your own.