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Demosthenian Hall
While in Athens for a sales seminar, I took the opportunity to see the University of Georgia.  It is a HUGE campus, spread out over a large area; however, the oldest part is right in downtown Athens and very walk-able! 
I learned that the mascot for the university (hereafter referred to as UGA) is an English bulldog named UGA (creative!).  They have had many generations of UGAs represent the university specifically at football games and the current is UGA VI.  He lives with his owner in Savannah, GA and comes to every home game with a police escort!  Scattered throughout the town are large statues of UGA painted or decorated creatively.
The Old North Campus dates to the early 1800's and includes many different architectural types.
Demosthenian Hall, upstairs debating room
  The Demosthenian Hall was constructed in 1824; there is an incredible room on the second floor for debating and literary societies to meet.  The Chapel dates to 1832 and reportedly contains an enormous painting of St. Peter's Cathedral; but that building was locked up tight. 
The Southern states take great pride in their college affiliation and rivalry is intense.  No trip to Athens is complete until you visit the Double-Barreled Cannon.  This big gun sits at City Hall and was designed during the Civil War to preserve the safety of the South.  However it was a spectacular failure in testing, reportedly killing one of the testers.  Local lore has it that the designers of this ill-fated weapon went on to found another  un-named college and the alumni of that college bear that fact with chagrin!
The last thing I saw today was "The Tree That Owns Itself".  A great oak ,it inheirited the property on which it stands when the landowner died.  It sits on the corner of a street just away from downtown and the university; No Trespassing signs on the house behind it leave a sad feeling for the great tree; I wonder if it has picked itself up and wandered over to that house to look for it's previous owner?
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Demosthenian Hall
Demosthenian Hall
Demosthenian Hall, upstairs debati…
Demosthenian Hall, upstairs debat…
The Chapel
The Chapel
The Double-Barreled Cannon
The Double-Barreled Cannon
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