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.
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Join us at the Filling Station for this 200-year-old Scottish tradition with bagpipes, song and delicious haggis. Roast beef, mashed potatoes & neeps, peas, and sticky toffee pudding will be served. Call 309-927-3355 to reserve your spot at a seating at 5:00 or 6:30. Meal and entertainment $15. Read more about it HERE.
Come revive this ancient spring tradition; spend a weekend at Bishop Hill's Twinflower Inn learning how to tap trees and make your own maple syrup! Join the workshop Saturday, March 11 from 10am-3pm or plan to spend an all-inclusive weekend starting Friday, March 10 at 7pm and continuing through Sunday, March 12. Instruction, lodging, and meals featuring fresh syrup are part of a special Twinflower package. Find details and pricing HERE. For reservations or more info on the daytime workshops call 309-696-0833.
As part of a weekend long maple sugaring event, this Bishop Hill Arts Council fundraiser will be held at the Colony School from 5pm - 7pm. Enjoy pancakes, fresh made syrup, maple sausage, orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate, storytelling and a demonstration of the syrup making process. $10 Adults, $5 kids 16 and under. 309-696-0833