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Double Barreled Cannon

Athens, GA
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Ranked #15 of 24 Attractions in Athens
Type: Other
Description: This gun was designed during the Civil War and is the only double barrel cannon of its kind.
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Marietta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

My girlfriend and I stopped by here on our first day in Athens after going by "The tree that owns itself." It is very neat! I love history so reading about it was just fantastic. If you stop by the cannon there is a parking deck a block or two up and I would suggest going to the top of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Made during a sad period in American history, the cannon is an interesting reminder that people are always inventing devices to try to kill other people with whom they disagree. It is also a reminder that not all inventions work, and can be dangerous to the inventors! (I believe one or two were killed trying to make it fire correctly.)

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New York City, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
3 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you're interested in devices designed to kill people that never worked this is a great sight. Otherwise, it's a piece of scrap iron- forget it.

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Bradenton, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

I have to say, I never even knew such a thing was invented. Great idea but needed some work in the day. Never did get it to work properly. Great history.

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Churchville, NY
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Its a double-barreled Cannon, what more is there to say? Close to all the action, and close to the hotel Indigo where we stayed. We walked by it a dozen times.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

That's probably why I loved it because it was a failed invention....more towns should celebrate this stuff. And, if you're a northern like me, I find it funny that the plaque doesn't call it the "Civil War" but the war between the states...at least it doesn't say the war of "Northern Aggression."

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Opelika, Alabama
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28 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It's a cannon with two barrels. The idea was that there'd be a chain strung between the two balls, so as to cut down some Yankees on the battlefield. My FIL came all the way to Athens from Arizona to check it out for himself. As I recall the thing never worked right- they couldn't time the fuses closely enough... More

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Athens, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

You have to visit the double barreled cannon when you are in town. It is fun to have pictures made with it also. A unique piece of history.

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Melbourne, Florida
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Displayed at the Town Hall in downtown Athens is a double barreled cannon from the Civil War (aka The War of Northern Aggression) which failed utterly during a test fire and was never used. If you're in Athens, it's a great photo op. Whenever we take friends or family to a Georgia game, we always make sure to take a... More

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Atlanta, Ga.
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92 reviews 92 reviews
43 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

This is a fun find in downtown Athens. A true story and a great way to display the failure behind the cannon. We loved seeing it displayed.

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