Welcome to Bishop Hill, Illinois

In 1846, a group of Swedish immigrants seeking religious freedom left their native land under the guidance of their charismatic spiritual leader, Erik Jansson. The site for their new utopia, later called Bishop Hill, was described to them as a “land of plenty, brimming with milk and honey,” and they struggled to make it so. These Janssonists built a successful communal society based on economic and religious principles. Many of the structures erected during this building campaign still exist. The colony grew and flourished for fifteen years before disbanding in 1861.

Today Bishop Hill is a quiet country village where the charm and character of the original colony have survived the test of time. Bishop Hill is a National Landmark Village, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and it is an Illinois State Historic Site. Join us! We invite you to taste the history of this once-bustling 19th century settlement. Sample our fascinating museums, quaint eateries, unique gift shops, and art galleries. Peek into the past at our seasonal festivals and holiday celebrations. Spend hours or days here with family and friends.

 Search Illinois Periodicals Online for more of Bishop Hill’s remarkable history.

Renew your spirit in this peaceful place.
er why Bishop Hill remains a utopia on the prairie today!






Join us at these Upcoming
Bishop Hill Events

July 05 - Dreaming Tree Concert - FY5: Finders and Youngberg

Bring a lawn chair, bring a picnic, bring a friend, BYOB. Delight in the classic country harmonies and bluegrass stylings of the contemporary American Folk Band, FY5: Finders and Youngberg. Join us at 6:30pm at the Twinflower Inn, 110 North Olson Street, Bishop Hill, IL. Suggested donation: $10.00 - $20.00. Sponsored by the Twinflower Inn. Sample FY5 music here.

July 08 - 27th Annual Country Antique Market

Quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. Proceeds from this event will benefit a Bishop Hill organization. 9am-3pm. $6.00 admission. Promoted by Sweet Annie Primitives and the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery. 309-927-3072

July 21 - Native American Star Stories

Join us around the campfire! The Twinflower Inn and Fox Tales International presents and evening of Native American Star Stories at the Twinflower Inn, 110 North Olson Street, Bishop Hill, IL. Meet host and storyteller, Brian “Fox” Ellis at 8:00pm. The Popular Astronomy Club of the Quad Cities will bring large telescopes for star gazing after the show.