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The Double-Barreled Cannon | Athens GA

Looking at the infamous Double-Barreled Cannon on the lawn of City Hall in Athens GA, it is easy to imagine the type of destruction its creator envisioned. In imagining it, it is quite the relief that his vision was never realized. Still, this relic from the American Civil War is a site to behold. In this episode of Stories, Secrets and Sagas, we tell you its story, from John Gilleland’s vision to its epic testing and ultimate failure.

Fun Facts About the Double-Barreled Cannon

  • 1 The double-barreled cannon was built in an Athens GA foundry in 1863.
  • 2 A Civil War relic, the preserved cannon now sits on the lawn of Athens City Hall and, in true Southern defiance, points north.
  • 3 Because of its failed tests, the double-barreled cannon never saw battle.
  • 4 After failing in Athens, Gilleland tried to market the cannon in Augusta GA but was unsuccessful.
  • 5 The cannon failed because it depended on both barrels firing simultaneously, which was exceptionally rare with the technology of the time.
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Where to Eat in Athens GA

After a day of filming in Athens GA, we were craving barbecue, and, man, were we in luck! Saucehouse Barbecue was exactly what we needed. Each of us was able to completely customize our meal depending on our tastes. They have a variety of meats and homemade sides served on everything from baked potatoes and nacho chips to Hawaiian rolls and rice. Saucehouse also has 9 mouthwatering homemade sauces to suit even the pickiest barbecue enthusiast. The atmosphere was friendly, the music was fun, and the service was everything you hope from a barbecue restaurant in the South. We will definitely be back for more. The next time you’re in Athens GA, stop by Saucehouse and tell them that Stories, Secrets and Sagas sent you!

Visit The Double-Barreled Cannon in Athens GA

301 College Avenue, Athens GA 30601

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