Double-Barrel Cannon


Out in front of City Hall sits one of Athen's most certifiably quirky things. The double-barrel cannon was cast in 1862 with the idea that two cannonballs, linked by a chain and fired simultaneously, would literally mow down advancing enemy troops. Everyone seemed pleased with the idea until the cannon was actually fired, whereupon one ball left its muzzle before the other and the two chained missiles went spinning wildly out of control. Pandemonium ensued as onlookers scattered before the projectile's erratic path. Needless to say, the cannon was never used in battle and remains the only one of its kind. It's located on the mall at the intersection of College Avenue and Hancock Street.


301 College Ave
Athens City Hall
Athens, GA 30601


33.95943300, -83.37616100
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(706) 549-6800

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