At the Cookhouse with The Reynolds


Life’s best moments involve a little eating, drinking, and merry making—and whenever you walk into the Cook House, you know those are the only things you’ve got to worry about doing.

With a front porch that faces a skeet range field, and a back porch that overlooks a lake, local personal injury attorney Carl Reynolds’s Cook House is almost a dream home—except that it has no bedrooms. The Cook House was built for socializing and relaxing, surrounded by fresh air and pine trees. The front porch is littered with rocking chairs for enjoying conversation, and the back is anchored by a long table flanked by benches, where many a guest has sat to play a hand of cards outside while waiting on a big dinner to come out of the house’s fryer, smoker, oven, or off the grill.

The personal injury law firm of Reynolds, Horne & Survant, graciously hosts several fundraising events at The Cook House throughout the year. One such event The Cook House hosts is Mercer’s Second Amendment Society, in which Mercer Law students raise money for Freedom Fidos, an organization that works to provide service dogs to United States military veterans.

The Cook House also serves as the backdrop for a regular Skeet and Eat Supper Club, where local men and women who enjoy sporting clays convene to compete in a few rounds of competitive shooting, and then afterwards share a potluck-style dinner together. In addition to the many friends and local attorneys that have stepped onto its skeet stations, the Cook House has played host to many notable shooters, including World Ladies Champion and NSCA Hall of Famer Linda Joy Sosebee and Georgia football hero Herschel Walker, whose visits are memorialized on its Wall of Fame.

Inside the home, one can find comfort in its simplicity. Soft sofas and oversized chairs are arranged around a fireplace where guests sit and enjoy one another’s company, often with some good SEC football playing on the three oversized TVs. Each November, a reception is held for newly sworn-in Macon attorneys who have recently passed the Georgia Bar Exam. “The Bar exam is a major point in any attorney’s life,” said Reynolds. “We want to let these young, new lawyers come to celebrate their achievement, and perhaps even more importantly, just have some fun.” The gathering, which includes members of the Bench and Bar, as well as proud parents and spouses, offers young attorneys a chance to meet and network with seasoned attorneys.

During the winter holidays, a Fraser fir tree is strung up with a set of Christmas Lights encased in shotgun shells, bringing a festive and rustic spirit to the place for one of many celebrations, including that of the Reynolds, Horne & Survant employees.

Nearly every guest that visits asks “Why is the Cook House called the Cook House?” after seeing the hand-carved, wooden sign hanging over the front porch. The answer to that question lies inside.

Carl Reynolds is the senior partner at Reynolds, Horne & Survant, the personal injury law firm in Macon. He is also the host of 13WMAZ’s LawCall, the live legal call-in program that airs Sunday nights at 11:35.

posted 12/18/2017 in Community


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