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

October 20 - BH Creative Commons Concert Series: Paul Brock Band

Come to concert at Bishop Hill Creative Commons featuring the Paul Brock Band. Button accordion and melodeon player, Paul Brock, will be joined by leading Irish musicians for an evening of family frendly entertainment. Bring an entrée, appetizer, dessert or drink to the Potluck at 6pm. Music starts at 7pm. $20 suggested donation. 309-927-3851 See and hear more at: paulbrockband.com

October 24 - BH Creative Commons Concert Series: The Suitcase Junket

Join us for an evening concert at Bishop Hill Creative Commons featuring The Suitcase Junket  -  Matt Lorenz, artist and one-man band. His original work includes rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues and dance-hall selections. Bring an entrée, appetizer, dessert or drink to the Potluck at 6pm. Music starts at 7pm. $10- $20 suggested donation. 309-927-3851 See and hear more at: thesuitcasejunket.com 

October 27 - Book Talk: Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame

The public is invited to the Dairy Building at 1pm to hear author, Tim Pletkovich, talk about his new book, Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame. The book reveals the life of Gerald A. O’Reilly through the Great Depression, World War II, and the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Sponsored by the Bishop Hill Heritage Association. 309 927-3899