The Lachicotte (pronounced “LASH-cot”) surname is deeply rooted in Pawleys Island. It harks at least to the early 1700s when rice cultivation was central to the family’s success. Fast forward to the 1930s when Arthur Herbert Lachicotte – known simply as “Doc” Lachicotte in these parts – took his rightful place in the region’s business community, He established the famous Pawleys Island Hammock Company and was involved in launching dozens of thriving real estate communities, retail establishments and golf courses all along the Grand Strand. In 1991, he founded the eponymously named real estate venture, The Lachicotte Company.
Today, that company remains as well acquainted as ever with the region’s history and beauty, and every agent and staff member takes satisfaction in delivering their acquired knowledge to the clients they serve. Early 2020, The Litchfield Company Real Estate and The Lachicotte Company announced the merger of their business operations. The merger integrated two of the longest-standing and most reputable real estate/rental companies on the Waccamaw Neck. The Litchfield Company recognized the importance and value of the Lachicotte legacy in the area as well as the existing affiliation of NAI-Commercial. The merger with The Lachicotte Company is a natural fit, given the similarities in culture and the progressive delivery of full-service real estate sales and rentals.
The Litchfield Company, established in 1956, is the largest comprehensive real estate sales and vacation rental management company in the Carolinas. Their successes range from an extensive portfolio of developments including golf course communities, ocean front communities, movie theaters, restaurants, and hotels. Over the last decade, the company has expanded its reach and quality of real estate services primarily by hiring and training top quality agents and has grown through mergers with other small- to medium-sized brokerages that share its culture. With the addition of The Lachicotte Company, The Litchfield Company now comprises eight locations.
And so, as was always intended, an indisputable sense of family and community will continue to define Lachicotte’s company culture. The company Doc Lachicotte built is now in the hands of a new generation who vow to honor the company’s beginnings while keeping a firm eye on the future. Strict adherence to the principles of hard work, integrity and treating both staff members and clients as family is a cornerstone that will serve them well. It always has.