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As a kid in the 1930s, Doc learned how to weave
                                            hammocks as part of the family business. Later, he took
                                          over the Original Hammock Shop that his parents built and
                                                         created a village of shops around it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “We are blessed to have an incredible location in Pawleys Island...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Everything that makes life nice, we can enjoy right here.” - Doc Lachicotte

                                                   Doc has always been connected
                                                to his hometown, to history, and to
                                                hammocks. He grew up in Pawleys
                                                Island where his uncle, late-19th-
                                                century riverboat pilot Captain    involved everything from selling beach-  were already one-of-a-kind and franchise-  Company Real Estate Sales and   honor this piece of Lowcountry his family   cousins and friends that has been doing   house calls with Dr. Flagg, who lived at
                                                Josh Ward, is credited with creating   caught crabs and oysters to hammocks to   free. “Each store still is operated by locals   Rentals in 1991 and now serves as the   has called home for generations. Modest   business together since the 1960s,   Brookgreen and who is best remembered
                                                the Original Pawleys Island Rope   making island deliveries.          who choose to live and work in Pawleys       Chairman of the Board. His numerous   about his legacy, he will say he’s most   purchased the land in 1971 and used it as   for having his entire family washed out
                                                Hammock, long called the “Rolls Royce   He’s seen a lot of things change and   Island,” says Doc.                  accomplishments include being given   grateful for the opportunities he’s had to   a hunting and fishing club.  to sea in the storm of 1893. Tim Duncan,
                                                of hammocks.” Doc’s parents started   been a part of many of the changes.  Although the Lachicotte family is       the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Public   share its history and character with others.   “We have a place over there that we call   who worked for Dr. Flagg, began to call
                                                selling the hammocks – which the     After serving in World War II and   steeped in local history – at least since   Service by Coastal Carolina University   Especially close to his heart are   the Fish Shed, and over the years we have   the young tag-along “Little Doc.” When
                                                whole family learned to weave – in the   graduating from Clemson with a degree   around 1850 – Doc looks ahead more   in 2009 and receiving the Georgetown   Caledonia and True Blue Plantation   met almost every Thursday night with our   he became a father, his son inherited the
                                                1930s. Back when Doc was a kid, there   in horticulture, Doc returned home to   than back: “I hope we continue to have   County Chamber of Commerce Lifetime of   golf courses in Pawleys Island, which   core group and friends to eat the rewards   nickname: “When I came along,” explains
                                                were no highways and not a whole lot   Pawleys Island and opened a nursery   upscale development and make the      Leadership Award in 2010.          sit on some of the largest historic rice   of the day,” says Doc. “We still continue   Doc, “my father became known as Doc
                                                else on the Waccamaw Neck: “When I   alongside his parents’ gift shop. Starting   area better and more livable for future   It’s clear from his many accolades   plantations in the Lowcountry. The   the tradition to this day, along with the   and I became known as Little Doc. After
                                                was young, to get almost everything that   in the early 1960s, the Lachicottes were   generations. Good zoning has allowed   that Doc has a knack for knowing how to   Ponderosa group, a collection of Doc’s   younger generation of our families.”  my father died, most people then just
                                                people needed to live we had to go to   adding about one store per year to   for a high quality of living. We have                                                                         Referring to the historic avenue of   started to call me Doc.”
                                                Georgetown – by ferry. Grocery stores,   create what has become the village of   been able to create a unique community                                                                  oaks lined with azaleas and the 19th-  Doc Lachicotte, living legend and
                                                schools, the doctor.”              vintage white clapboard cottages that we   without high rises and too much large-                                                                     century architecture of the clubhouse that   visionary of the Waccamaw Neck, is
                                                   In 1938, once the bridge to     know today as a shopping and dining   scale commercialism, which has allowed                                                                          overlooks the old rice fields of Caledonia,   also famous for saying there’s nowhere
                                                Georgetown was built and the highway   destination in its own right. Doc and   us to maintain our unique island character                                                                Doc explains, “We went to great measures   else he’d rather live: “We are blessed to
                                                was created in Pawleys Island, Doc’s   his wife, Martha, operated the complex   but still have a healthy, profitable and                                                                 to preserve and reflect the natural and   have an incredible location in Pawleys
                                    Doc and his   parents built the Original Hammock   themselves from the late ‘60s until they   desirable area to call home.”                                                                          historic significance of the property. And   Island. The ocean and salt water are on
                                    wife Martha  Shop in its current location on U.S. 17   sold it in the 1980s. Long before going   Involved in real estate development                                                                 we have been so pleased with the public   one side and, just a few miles inland, we
                                                in Pawleys Island. The family business   local became trendy, the Hammock Shops   for decades, Doc founded The Lachicotte                                                                response to our efforts to make Caledonia   have the fresh water river with golf and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         one of the most special places in the area.”   tennis in between. Everything that makes
                                     “I hope we continue to have upscale development and make the area better and more livable                                                                                                           Doc still goes over there to check things   life nice, we can enjoy right here.” Many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         out almost every day.             of us share this sentiment, thanks in no
                                      for future generations. Good zoning has allowed for a high quality of living. We have been able to create a                                                                                          So what about the nickname “Doc”?   small part to Doc’s lifelong efforts and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As a boy, Doc’s father used to tag along on   legendary vision.
                                      unique community without high rises and too much large-scale commercialism, which has allowed us to maintain our
                                      unique island character but still have a healthy, profitable and desirable area to call home.” - Doc Lachicotte                                                                                      Fishing in Pawleys Island

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