By Brian Benefield
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Nestled among towering trees, there’s an unassuming little house on a hill, it’s The Hunt House, and it’s alive with plenty of musical stories to tell.
Dating back to the late 1800s, the charming mansion sits in the shadow of Kennesaw Mountain, which is said to be haunted and a brothel at one point. Now the salon hosts local artists such as Kevn Kinney (of Drivin N Cryin) and Michelle Malone, to name a few.
Owner Marc Sommers said: âDue to the age of the house and the very thick walls the acoustics are amazing! ”
The music room only holds about fifty people, making it a very intimate experience. You are so close that you can talk to the artists between songs and watch them create their magic on stage. There is a large outdoor pavilion which, during the pandemic, hosted many musical artists, so guests could distance themselves socially while enjoying good tunes.
This area is a multifunctional structure that can also host weddings and private parties.
The Parsley Restoration is another branch of the business that was started in Dunwoody, Georgia by Marc’s mother Ellie Sommers in 1994.
He joined the team in 1998; they moved the entire operation to the sprawling four acre facility in 2009. They built a full service kitchen to prepare all the food for live music shows and other special events. Marc has a great relationship with many local farmers and suppliers from whom he sources his produce and protein and told me, “We do our best to keep menu ideas changing with the seasons and food trends. current “.
I can guarantee the taste and high quality of the food they offer at a show, and you will want to come hungry.
My wife and I have attended many shows since 2020, and this was our saving grace during the pandemic as we could get our fix of live music while still feeling safe at the outdoor venue. We sampled the mouth-watering smoked beef brisket tacos and homemade chili cheese with okra crackers and pickles.
They offer local craft beers, wine and hard seltts for your enjoyment to soak up while listening to melodic tunes under the stars.
The ballroom and gardens are the third branch of Marc’s business, and I met Deric Harding, who is in charge of this large and well-equipped facility. This indoor venue is perfect for a wedding reception or cocktail party, with a large dance floor, massive windows to provide natural light, and beautiful chandeliers. Adjacent to the ballroom is an expansive green lawn and gardens where Marc and his team hold many types of ceremonies and farm dinners.
Speaking of a team, Marc told me that most of his loyal employees have worked with him for fourteen to twenty years, which is actually rare in this industry and is a testament to the longevity of his employees.
In a way, I want to keep this place a secret because when you attend a show, whether it’s inside the Hunt House or the outdoor pavilion, you feel transported away from the hustle and bustle of city life in a secluded world of music, good food, nature and friendly people.
But, I would be doing readers a disservice if I didn’t share this remarkable place, and if you haven’t visited it yet, you are missing out on a real hidden gem.
Brian Benefield is an Atlanta native born in Dekalb County, who has lived in Cobb since 2003.
He has worked in hospitality, marketing, real estate and, more recently, food tourism.
Married to Cecilie Benefield for 12 happy years and father of a dog, Miss Pickles.
Hobbies include mountain biking, running, gardening, and trying out new recipes in the kitchen
Member of Les Marmissions Cooking Club since 2016, where we cook 5-course meals with local Atlanta chefs.