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“My Second Sightseeing Experience in Athens” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Double Barreled Cannon

Ranked #9 of 50 things to do in Athens
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Owner description: This gun was designed during the Civil War and is the only double barrel cannon of its kind.
Athens, Georgia
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“My Second Sightseeing Experience in Athens”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2008

If you read my review about The Tree That Owns Itself (see My First Athens Sightseeing Experience), you know how my mother insisted on us going straight to this famous tree as soon as we arrived in Athens for the first time. After she got over the excitement of seeing the only tree in the world that actually owns itself, she wanted to go see the Double-Barreled Cannon next, which is located in front of City Hall downtown.

The famous Double -Barreled Cannon was cast at the Athens Steam Company in 1862. The Cannon is a double six-pounder, cast in one piece, with a three degree divergence from the parallel between the barrels. Each barrel has its own touch hole so it can be fired independent of the other and a common touch hole in the center is designed to fire both barrels simultaneously. The idea was to connect two cannon balls with a chain and mow the enemy down like a scythe cuts wheat. However, the cannon did not quite perform as expected – on the several occasions it was tested, a cow was killed, a chimney was demolished, and rumor has it several onlookers were killed a well. So while the cannon wasn’t too successful, it is still displayed proudly downtown – pointing north, just in case.

Like the tree, this attraction is definitely worth going to see for the sake of its interesting history.

1 Thank BulldogGirl
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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“Don't come just for the cannon.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2005

The cannon is little more than a statue with a plaque in front of it. By little more I mean.. nothing more.

Positioned on the corner of a block near the courthouse, it will take you less than 5 minutes to take in all of the information, snap a photo, and move on.

Of all the cultural things to see or do, this cannon hardly deserves to even be considered an "attraction", as most residents and students don't even know that it's here.

Unless you're an old school weapons buff, there are far better ways to spend your time in beautiful downtown Athens.

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