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.

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Renew your spirit in this peaceful place.
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BISHOP HILL INFORMATION

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Join us at these Upcoming
Bishop Hill Events

September 29 To September 30 - Agriculture Days - Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill's biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, and Old Settlers' Colony Stew. Find a gathering of vendors in the village park selling early country antiques, primitives, and handcrafted goods. Watch demonstrators as you enjoy live music in the park. See more hands-on activities for kids from noon - 4pm behind the Bjorklund Hotel. 10am-5pm.  Sneak a peek at past year's fun in this short video clip. 309-927-3345. See the full lineup of this year's activities and attractions HERE.

October 07 - Program: Women of the Bishop Hill Colony

The public is invited to a fascinating presentation by Bishop Hill descendant and Jansonist scholar, Dr. Brita Butler Wall, on the contributions of women and the roles they played in building Bishop Hill. Join us in the Steeple Building from 2pm to 3pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association

November 23 To November 24 - Holiday Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone. Come purchase holiday baked goods by the pound. 309-927-3899

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