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!
Do you desire to discover your Swedish roots in an adventure of a lifetime? The highly-rated Swedish reality TV show, The Great Swedish Adventure (Allt För Sverige) is now conducting a nationwide casting for season 6. If you are of Swedish descent and have never been to Sweden, apply here to Meter Television for consideration. Watch online. Casting closes February 12, 2016; the show will be filmed in Sweden in May and June, 2016.April 02 - Spring Jubilee
Bishop Hill springs to life as shops and museums open for the season from 10am-5pm. Guests are greeted with coffee, cookies, and special treats. 309-927-3899April 02 To April 03 - Toy Tractor Weekend
Calling all toy tractor collectors and enthusiasts. See a variety of John Deere, Case, and International Harvester toy tractors and farm implements. Over one hundred toy tractors and implements of all shapes, sizes, and brands will on display at the Steeple Building Museum. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 11am-4pm.