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!
This Dreaming Tree Coffee House Concert, The Story of Blues, at the Bishop Hill Welcome Center will feature the red hot Piedmont blues and finger-picking guitar of David Berchtold and the classic American humor, wit and wisdom of storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis. 7pm. Contact the sponsor, the Twinflower Inn, for more information. 309-696-1017.March 28 To March 29 - Toy Tractor Weekend
Are you a toy tractor enthusiast? Visit the annual Four Boys Farm Collector Show featuring a variety of over 100 John Deere and International Harvester toy tractors and farm implements at the Steeple Building. March, 28 10am-5pm; March 29, 11am-4pm. Bishop Hill Heritage Association 309-927-3899April 11 - 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. 309-927-3311