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.
Discov
er why Bishop Hill remains a utopia on the prairie today!


 

 

BISHOP HILL INFORMATION

309-927-3345
309-927-3899

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Join us at these Upcoming
Bishop Hill Events

August 12 - Sweet Annie's Open House and Settler's Harvest

Enjoy refreshments as you sample the primitive delights and sesonal handmades at this preview of Fall Open House at Sweet Annie Primitives from 10am-4pm. 309-927-3072

August 12 - Pie and Ice Cream Social

Sample delicious pies from Bishop Hill’s best bakers! Held in the Village Park from 1pm-4pm, this is an annual fundraiser for the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309-927-3899

August 12 To August 13 - Wheat Weaving Show and Sale

A Wheat Weaving Demonstration will be held in the Steeple Building Aug 12, 10am-5pm and Aug 13, 10am-4pm. Members of the Illinois Association of Wheat Weavers will answer questions and demonstrate plaiting techniques used to transform wheat straw into delicate works of art. Walk-ins are welcome to try wheat weaving techniques, guided by experienced members of the IAWW. Recent works will be displayed and available to purchase. The IAWW seeks to further develop the craft, teach future generations of its heritage, and build a bond with wheat weavers throughout the world. Membership in the IAWW is open to all! Sign up at the show or call 217-732-1957 for more info.  

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