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Title:Founder and Chairman of the Board


Pawleys Island, SC - The Lachicotte Company Real Estate Sales and Rentals proudly announces the recognition of its founder, "Doc" Lachicotte, by the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce as its 2010 winner of the Lifetime of Leadership Award. The Chamber of Commerce panel recognized the significant contribution Lachicotte has made to Georgetown County and its residents through his business and real estate developments which not only preserve history, generate community expansion, but also build for the future of the area and its residents. Congratulations, Doc!


Lowcountry Companion is delighted to extend congratulations to Arthur Herbert "Doc” Lachicotte, Jr. on receiving the Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Lifetime of Leadership Award.
The Lachicotte name is deeply rooted in these parts, often for its connection to Pawleys Island’s Hammock Shops. Doc’s uncle, Captain Josh Ward, actually fashioned the hammock that made Pawleys famous.

Doc’s dad established the original Hammock Shop in the 30s. Doc grew up in and around the business of tourism. In addition to selling hammocks and more in that original shop, his family caught and sold oysters and crabs to beach goers. They also ran a small dairy and made deliveries on the Island. Doc and his sisters grew up understanding they lived in a paradise of sorts, and Doc still feels that way.

"We live in a great part of this world … I’d rather live here than anywhere else on earth.” He makes this statement simply, firmly – with a measure of conviction that can’t be denied.

After an Infantry stint in WWII, Doc graduated from Clemson with a degree in Horticulture. In part because of the gardens he fell in love with in Japan, he returned home to open a nursery. Other family business still occupied much of his time. By the early 60s, he and his wife, Martha, were traveling extensively seeking out hammock retailers and merchandise for The Hammock Shop and Nursery. Together they shaped the endeavor with the intent of making it feel like a village. A recycler well before his time, he sought out old lumber and brick from fallen rice plantations. Today’s Hammock Shop Village wears the charm of his early efforts.

I know Doc Lachicotte. I’ve met him in business. Mostly though, I know of Doc Lachicotte. I know his colleagues and employees. I know his sister, Alberta Quattlebaum, a distinguished local historian and writer. I know his youngest daughter, Lou – a wonderful mother and friend.
What I know about Doc – what I know for sure – is that he is a master collaborator. I could preach at length about all he has done for the Lowcountry, but to do his legacy justice would take a book. You must settle for a more concise truth.

Always, always, Doc is quick to work with others. In business (many successes in real estate and golf course development), in community and church (more boards than we can list), Doc Lachicotte consistently seeks ways to join forces and make decisions that benefit every party involved. Race, religion, business interest, age … none of it really matters; if it’s good for the Lowcountry, he’s supportive in whatever way he can be.

Doc Lachicotte is a living legend, but he never plays that part. That is the man I ask the reader to salute – and congratulate – for his latest, much deserved honor, Georgetown’s Lifetime of Leadership Award.

Doc’s daughter Lou, carries on the work of The Lachicotte Company Real Estate Sales & Rentals. Doc serves as Chairman and is proud of his family’s continued involvement and investment in the land and lives of Pawleys Island.



Born to a family with deep roots in the South Carolina lowcountry, Arthur Herbert (Doc) Lachicotte, Jr. has emphasized the history and beauty of the region throughout his distinguished career in business and real estate. Born in Manning, Lachicotte earned a bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Clemson College (now University) and served in World War II. His business activities have included manufacturing the world famous Original Pawleys Island Rope Hammock and the development of significant real estate and golf course properties, particularly along the Waccamaw Neck area of Georgetown County. He is involved in Ponderosa, Inc., which owns Pirateland Family Campground and the Caledonia and True Blue golf courses. Doc also was instrumental in the development of Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet. In 1991 Doc applied his 40-plus years of experience in real estate development and sales to his own company as The Lachicotte Company opened its doors, now located on Ocean Highway just north of Pawleys' North Causeway.


The Lachicotte legacy continues to the next generation today as Doc's daughter, Lou, carries on the work through The Lachicotte Company Real Estate Sales & Rentals. Doc now serves as the Chairman of the Board and is proud of his family's continued involvement and investment in the land and the lives of Pawleys Island.


Lachicotte's considerable community involvement includes serving on the boards of the Georgetown Marine Institute, the Georgetown County Water and Sewer District and the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation. He is a trustee emeritus of Brookgreen Gardens, a former member of the Clemson University Board of Visitors and an active member of All Saints Church. In 2007, Lachicotte was named a South Carolina Economic Development Ambassador for Georgetown County by Governor Mark Sanford. In 2009, Doc was presented with an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Public Service by Coastal Carolina University.

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