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.


Renew your spirit in this peaceful place.
Discover why Bishop Hill remains a utopia on the prairie today!






Join us at these Upcoming
Bishop Hill Events

May 23 - Bishop Hill Dulcimer and Roots Music Festival

Join us! Come to listen or come to jam and sharpen your skills. A full day of music, workshops, and performances around town start with 9am registration. The event ends at Twinflower Inn for a 6pm evening concert. Instructors/Performers include: Mike Anderson, Dulcimer, Tim Ellis, Banjo, David Berchtold, Guitar and John Lane, Fiddle. Email or call 309-854-3817 to register for workshops. View the poster here.

June 13 - Program: The Humor of Abraham Lincoln

Dr. Bill Hampes will delve into the phycology of humor, how President Lincoln effectively employed it to manage the complexities of his public and private life, and what this reveals about of his personality. The 40 minute presentation will be held at the Dairy Building. The public is welcome to attend this free event which will begin at 1:30pm. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association and the Black Hawk College Speakers Bureau. 309-927-3899

June 14 - Honor Flight Benefit

This is a fund raising event for the Honor Flight of the Quad Cities. 3pm-6pm. Enjoy music, an auction, and a dinner, all in the Bishop Hill Village Park. 309-932-3355