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.


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






Join us at these Upcoming
Bishop Hill Events

January 23 To January 25 - Wedding Show

Hantverk Galleri in Bishop Hill presents the Weekend Wedding Affair, a 3 day show of wedding ideas where you will find the best local and handmade wedding necessities. Hours are noon-8pm on Friday and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. Free admission. Read more here 309-927-3064

February 07 - Fabulous You!

Discover your inner artist at this workshop at Hantverk Galleri. Design, create, and color a textured and personalized porcelain heart shaped plate for your favorite Valentine. The plate will be available to pick up the following Friday. 1:30pm. Fee: $25. Space is limited; call for reservation: 309-927-3064

February 07 - Meditation and Massage at the Twinflower Inn

Meditation: Samantha Hartley will teach a class about the ancient practice of Mantra Based Meditation. Witness the full span of experiences involved in the meditation process. Learn to use a mantra to develop a centered awareness and a deeper level of consciousness. 10:30am-11:45am. Class Fee:  $25
Massage: Visit the relaxing Twinflower Inn to chase the winter aches away with a massage by Elmira A. Akama, LMT, NCTMB. Elmira is offering  1/2 hour and 1 hour massages for $30.00 and $60.00. She will be Available 9am-4pm.