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Double Barreled Cannon

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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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Not something you see every day

I guess you could file this under "It sounded good at the time..." A double-barrelled cannon designed to do what you would think--fire 2 cannonballs at once. However, they... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Buckmode
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Georgia
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Georgia
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I guess you could file this under "It sounded good at the time..." A double-barrelled cannon designed to do what you would think--fire 2 cannonballs at once. However, they decided it would be a good idea to connect the 2 with a chain--wrong! The trick was to get the two barrels to fire at the same time and apparently that... More 

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Thank Buckmode
Athens, GA
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The double barreled canon is located downtown at the city hall. It is a quick tour stop around Athens. The story is interesting, good idea but didn't work out very well. Take a walk around downtown and check it out.

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Thank UGA_guy_Athens_GA
Gainesville, Georgia
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170 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

from late unpleasantness but i think it was a failed experiment. the idea was to put a cannon ball attached by a long chain in each barrel and fire them both at the same time in an attempt to cut a swath of yankees off at the pass. i don't think it was ever attempted and failed. ever since i... More 

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Thank Bbqman3341
Safety Harbor, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

When I was a journalism student at UGA, I wrote a story for the Athens City magazine about this cannon. It was invented by a Confederate loyalist during the Civil War. In theory, it was supposed to fire two cannonballs simultaneously. The balls were linked by a chain that supposedly would mow down the advancing Union troops. But in testing... More 

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Thank BeachguyWalt
Athens, GA
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37 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Sitting on the courthouse square in Athens, GA, is a relic of the Civil War that never fired a shot. The double barrelled cannon was an interesting idea that should have left as just that, an idea. The purpose was to be able to fire both barrels simultaneously with a unique anti-personnel round; chained cannonballs. The designers lacked the technology... More 

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Thank TBoltFan
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70 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Well, it is a double barreled cannon, a design mistake. I guess it is unique, but you will spend 5 minutes looking at it and that will it it :-)

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Thank JuankAthens
Athens, Georgia
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132 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Once you think about it, there are all sorts of potential problems with a double barrel canon. But there it is. Cool to see. Once.

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Thank JohnB57Jonesboro
Maine
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Not much to see but interesting and especially if you are taking a walking tour of campus or downtown.

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Thank MaineMoke
Sanford, Florida
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57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

After finding this on TripAdvisor we drove over just to check it out. Bring some quarters for the parking meters. My husband and I got to read over the plaques on the brief history of the double barreled cannon. Our young kids loved being able to climb up for photos.

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Boone, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016

I admit I grew up just down the street from here, but every kid should see this....a cannon that SEEMED like a great idea at the time, but was only fired once and (I believe) killed a by-standing cow instead of hitting the intended target.

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