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

June 03 - Joe Hill Exhibit Opening and Concert

The Steeple Building Museum will host an exhibit of the life and legacy of Joe Hill, Swedish-American labor activist, cartoonist, and songwriter. This disply consists of text panels and stand-alone images with music. The exhibit opening will feature a 2pm concert of Joe Hill songs, performed by singer/songwriter Bucky Halker, in the Steeple Building, at 103 North Bishop Hill Street. This free musical performance is open to the public, sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. The exhibit will continue until September 30, 2017. 309 927-3899 

June 10 - Darlene's Silver Streak and the Bradford Modle T Girls

Author John Butte will present a free program at the Dairy Building about his book, Darlene's Silver Streak and the Bradford Modle T Girls. Book signing and presentation at 2pm. The Silver Strak Model T will be on display from 1:30pm-2:30pm. For more information call 309-927-3899. 

June 11 - Honor Flight Benefit

This is a fund raising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 3pm-7pm. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 309-932-3355