Apr 24, 2024 - Things to Do

Phoenix 3000 need not worry

A stuffed toy Phoenix bird photo bombs a picture of a sign that says Hapeville depot museum and visiitor center

Credit: Thomas Wheatley/Axios

Well, it's a first. No one correctly guessed that Phoenix 3000 was sitting on Hapeville's "Worry Rock" outside the city's visitor center.

Catch up quick: The granite slab where people could wallow in their worries — the brainchild of Courtland Gilbert, the editor of the Fulton County Review newspaper — was dedicated to much fanfare outside Hapeville's train depot on Jan. 1, 1938.

  • Several days later, according to news reports from the time, a judge sentenced a Hapeville resident who had too much to drink over the Christmas holiday to spend several hours sitting and repent.

Today the rock sits, waiting for any local area worriers in need.


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