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

March 10 - Bishop Hill Arts Council Pancake Supper

Join us for at this fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Arts Council held at the Colony School from 5pm-6:30pm. Enjoy pancakes, fresh maple syrup, maple sausages, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate, a silent auction, storytelling and a demonstration of the syrup making process. Cost: $10 Adults, $5 kids 16 and under. All precedes benefit the community and fund fine programs offered by the Bishop Hill Arts Council.

April 07 To April 08 - Toy Tractor Weekend

Over one hundred toy tractors and implements of all shapes, sizes, and brands will be exhibited at the Steeple Building.  Local collectors will be displaying their treasures for just one weekend at the Steeple Building. Sponsored by the BHHA. 309-927-3899. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm. 

April 14 - Music Concert to Commemorate Illinois’s Bicentennial

Through music, singer and hammered dulcimer player, Phil Passen, will tell the story of Illinois and how it has been shaped by its land, its and natural features, and the many cultures that have flourished here. The public is invited to this free concert in the Dairy Building at 1:30pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Illinois Humanities Council.