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Super Bowl 2018 Launches New Revolutionary War: Old North Church Vs. Betsy Ross House

Old North Church lanterns.

The Betsy Ross House of Philadelphia has challenged the Old North Church & Historic Site to a bet over who will win Super Bowl 2018.

If the Philadelphia Eagles win, Old North Church & Historic Site will fly a 13-Star flag, known as the Betsy Ross flag, on their site. If the New England Patriots win, the Betsy Ross House will hang two lanterns representing the signal lanterns held in the Old North Church that warned of the invading British and launched the American Revolution.

The sites will begin a social media battle on January 29 leading up to Sunday’s Super Bowl.

The Betsy Ross House and the Old North Church & Historic Site are two of the most visited revolutionary sites in two of America’s most historic cities. The sites are united by history, but divided by football. When first challenged to the bet, Steve Ayres, Executive Director of the Old North Foundation of Boston, said, “Wait a minute, I thought Betsy Ross was a Patriot.” Lisa Acker-Moulder, Director of the Betsy Ross House responded, “One if by land and two if by sea, and the Eagles will march to victory.”

Patriots and Eagles fans can follow along and join in the bet via the sites’ social media accounts, @oldnorth1723 and @BetsyRossHouse. 

The battle begins January 29 and ends with the losing site displaying the other site’s item for one full day.

About Old North Church & Historic Site:
300 Years of History. 2 Lanterns. 1 Revolution. Known for Paul Revere’s midnight ride and the site that launched the American Revolution, Old North Church & Historic Site is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Boston and along the Freedom Trail. Run by the Old North Foundation of Boston, a secular 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, the site is composed of the famous 18th century church, five gardens, the Old North Gift Shop, the Printing Office of Edes & Gill and Captain Jackson’s Historic Chocolate Shop. For more information visit: or call (617) 523-6676.

About Betsy Ross House:
The Betsy Ross House is dedicated to telling the story of Betsy Ross and our nation’s first flag, as well as highlighting the contributions women made to colonial society.  The House is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily March through November; closed Mondays December through February, except holidays. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for children and seniors.  An optional audio guide, with a kids’ version available, is $7, which includes admission. The Betsy Ross House is managed by Historic Philadelphia, Inc., an organization dedicated to making our nation’s history relevant and real. For more information about the Betsy Ross House or any of its programs, or call (215) 686-1252 or visit

One Reply to “Super Bowl 2018 Launches New Revolutionary War: Old North Church Vs. Betsy Ross House

  1. If the Eagles lose they will more likely burn down the Betsy Ross House rather then hang lanterns on it. Great fan base there.

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