History of the Joggling Board

Where Did These Things Come From?

Jog-gle : ‘to shake slightly; move to and fro, as by repeated jerks; a joint between two pieces of building material formed by a notch and a fitted projection.’

The original building plans for the joggling board were sent to the Lowcountry in the early 1800′s from Scotland. The legend began in 1803 when Cleland Kinlock bought land from Thomas Sumpter and built a large plantation home known as Acton Plantation. C. Kinloch invited his sister, Benjamin Kinloch Huger, to care for the household chores following the death of his wife.While living at the plantation, B. Huger developed severe rheumatism and was unable to enjoy her once loved passion of carriage rides. B. Huger sent a letter to Glimerton, the family estate in Scotland, describing her state of health. In response, the family sent building plans of a joggling board to B. Huger to provide small amounts of exercise and gently simulate the motion of a carriage ride. The plantations’ carpenter used the plans in constructing the joggling board. After the building plans took shape, the joggling board was placed on the porch of the Acton Plantation. The widespread love of the joggling board echoed through the entire Lowcountry and became a necessity for all porches.Popularity of the joggling board flourished during the 19 century, where relaxation and front porch sitting was a luxury for families of the south.

The term “courting benches” was also established in the 19 century. According to the legend, if you had a joggling board on your front porch you would never have an unwed daughter. Young couples would sit on the bench and “joggle”. A joggle is created from the rockers cut into the stands and the large span between each rocker. The male would sit on one side of the bench, while the female sat on the other. Each would “joggle” guiding themselves to the middle. Once reaching the center, they would engage in an intimate moment or simply enjoy easy conversation.


Finding its Place in the Modern World

Space Saving Convenience for your Porch

Today’s modern homes are seeing increasingly smaller porches and patios. Meanwhile, there has been a trending resurgence in outdoor living. Whether entertaining guests or simply spending a lazy afternoon enjoying a gentle breeze, Americans are once more embracing their great outdoors. People want to enjoy the gentle movement of a rocking chair or porch swing, but finding furniture which doesn’t completely take over a smaller porch or patio is difficult.

Our line of Compact Joggling Boards are the solution you are looking for! When you account for the forward and backward movements of the typical porch swing, the space required to hang and use one ends up being six to eight feet wide, and around 8 feet deep. At less than two feet deep, a Joggling Board fits today’s narrow outdoor spaces, allowing for foot traffic to pass conveniently in front of it. And unlike a porch swing, a Joggling Board rocks side to side, and bounces up and down.

Great for Entertaining

Fully assembled, a Joggling Board is less that two feet deep, making it easy to find a place for seating when planning for an event. The three piece construction makes a Joggling Board very portable and store-able The individual pieces weigh very little, meaning even the little ones can help move them around. Because our Joggling Boards are completely weatherproof, they can be kept outside even in smaller yards, assembled along a fence line, next to a porch rail, and just like a conventional bench, they make for a decent storage table when not in use.

Great for Children

Our line of Children’s Joggling Boards are perfect for kids of all ages. Available in several bright colors, They make a great gift for newborns which will keep adapting as they grow. At only four feet long, our kids joggling board makes a great storage bench for the nursery, and is the perfect height for holding blankets, diaper bags, etc. As the child starts to walk and climb, the board makes a good first chair – that is, until the child learns to straddle the top board.

That is when the joggling board becomes a rocking horse! Only it is better ~ without the horses”head, there is no limit to the child’s imagination. Space ship, dinosaur, school bus, we’ve heard children decide the joggling board was all of these and more. What better way to help a child’s developing creativity than allow their imagination to work. And just like our adult-sized joggling boards, our children’s jogglers are built for sharing too, so there is room for their playmates!

Weddings – Seating and Gifts

The Joggling Board was born in the Lowcountry, so when we were asked to build 14 of them for a Charleston, SC wedding, our only surprise was why it took so long for someone to ask. Believe it or not, Charleston, SC is one of the nation’s top wedding destinations. From our beautiful beaches to our historic churches, our joggling boards have served as seating for weddings in numerous venues. After the wedding, the joggling boards become gifts for the grooms men and bridesmaids. One great wedding gift idea is to use a joggling board as a guest registry to memorialize the event.