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 10 - 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

June 23 - Midsommar Music Festival

Celebrate the summer solstice Swedish style, with music and dancing! Concerts in the village park will begin at 11am and conclude at 4pm when the maypole will be decorated. Participate in the procession; help deliver the maypole to the schoolhouse and dance on its east lawn. That evening at 7pm, a barn dance will be held at the Colony School.  Nibble a treat at The 3rd Annual Rubarber Fundraiser to benefit the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. Members of the BHHA will be serving homemade rhubarb baked goods, coffee, and lemonade, on the porch of the Steeple Building Museum from 11am to 4pm. Proceeds will be used to support BHHA activities. 

July 14 - 28th Annual Country Antique Market

This popular country antique market features 60 exceptional antique dealers from  Illinois, Indiana,  Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas Wisconsin. Find quality antiques including primitives, country, folk art, pottery, and much more are available on the lawn of the Colony School. Proceeds from this event will benefit a Bishop Hill organization. 9am-3pm. $7.00 admission. Promoted by Sweet Annie Primitives and the Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery. 309-927-3072