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Address: Athens, GA
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This gun was designed during the Civil War and is the only double barrel...

This gun was designed during the Civil War and is the only double barrel cannon of its kind.

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Weird historical artifact.

When walking around Athens, make sure you find the double-barreled cannon. You have to see it and read the marker to understand it. An ingenious idea, but A glorious failure.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Doug C
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Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When walking around Athens, make sure you find the double-barreled cannon. You have to see it and read the marker to understand it. An ingenious idea, but A glorious failure.

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Thank Doug C
Georgia
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We are so proud of our double barreled cannon. It was never fired in battle. It sure is fun to climb on and take pictures with.

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Thank Jen S
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145 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

I love cannons and Civil War history. This is a rare cannon with an interesting history. It is on the corner of the city hall grounds.

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Thank Murfcat
Athens, Georgia
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236 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

The idea was to fire two cannon balls at the same time with a chain between them that would mow down the enemy like a giant week wacker. Unfortunately, they could not time the two that closely and it was more likely to whip around and kill the crew. On the City Hall corner, worth a look. Only one in... More 

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Thank terryLCO
Conway, South Carolina
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85 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Athens is chock fun of history and this was one stop we took in. Double barrel cannon sits on the corner in front of city hall.

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Thank Rose H
Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

One of two ever built - the other exploded - design flaw. That's why this one was never fired. A true piece of Southern / Athens history. Pretty cool.

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Thank billcole56
Staatsburg, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This cannon - the only one of its kind in the world - was designed in 1862 by the local John Gilleland and produced at the Athens Foundry and Machine Works. The idea was that the double barrel would fire two balls simultaneously linked by a chain which would sweep advancing Union infantry from the field. In the tests, however,... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

UNIQUE but took ten seconds to see it! the picture is all you see, you walk around downtown and the campus and if you run across it great, if not you lost nothing at all. I'm not saying it's not worth running across, but if you go strictly looking for it, by the time you park and get to it,... More 

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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is one of two in the nation. It was made because of an idea that might work but it turned out to not be such a great thing. Lol

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Jefferson, GA
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112 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

A quick hit if you are downtown anyway. A great story of engineering gone awry. Kids can play on it and learn that even great ideas can take work and many trials to figure out.

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