Making a fountain out of a cannon: This obscure Old Town Alexandria monument hides in plain sight

Matt About Town: Alexandria’s obscure Cannon Fountain

It’s a splashy story about an obscure monument that proves going with the flow isn’t always the best idea.

In today’s edition of “Matt About Town,” WTOP’s Matt Kaufax kicks off 2024 with a bang at Old Town Alexandria’s Cannon Fountain.

Urban legend says the fountain was fashioned out of a cannon from a warship in the army of British Gen. Edward Braddock, which was left behind after the American Revolution and found by an Alexandria resident … right in their backyard!

Also known as Braddock’s Fountain, Old Town’s Cannon Fountain was initially meant to be a public drinking resource, except it wasn’t just meant for humans.

Check out Matt’s video about this wacky relic, and find out how a public investment turned into quite the public nuisance.

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Matt Kaufax

If there's an off-the-beaten-path type of attraction, person, or phenomenon in the DC area that you think more people should know about, Matt is your guy. As the features reporter for WTOP, he's always on the hunt for stories that provide a unique local flavor—a slice of life if you will.

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