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“It's exactly what it sounds like”

Double Barreled Cannon
Ranked #9 of 50 things to do in Athens
Type: Other
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Owner description: This gun was designed during the Civil War and is the only double barrel cannon of its kind.
Melbourne, Florida
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143 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“It's exactly what it sounds like”
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 photo in 3 places; the Arch, Sanford Stadium and the Double Barreled Cannon.

Visited November 2013
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Atlanta, Ga.
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204 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“A fun find”
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.

Visited November 2012
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Athens, Ga.
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82 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“DBC”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The DBC is nice to visit during the Athen's Famer's Market, which meets there on Wed. in the summer and fall from 4-6pm. It's a nice relaxed atmosphere with lots of interesting locally grown food to buy. The cannon is in the shade and is picturesque.

Visited August 2012
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30628
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168 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“From the civil war”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

It was never fired, but it is the only one! A great novelty for visitors and photo op. easy walking distance downtown.

Visited March 2013
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Georgia
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104 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Court House Lawn”
Reviewed May 12, 2013

Back during the War of Yankee Aggression Athens had a foundry. They came up with the idea of the ultimate killing machine. It was a double barrelled cannon that was to fire two cannon balls chained together to mow down the enemy. It was difficult if not impossible to synchronize. I understand that the one time it did work it cut down a stand of pine trees. It was judged to wicked to even use on Yankees. There was reportedly another one cast, but it has never been found. I believe the cannon is on the seal of Athens/Clarke County.
For you parents whose children don't know anything about this it's ok. It just means they haven't spent any time at the court house.

Visited March 2013
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