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

September 23 To September 24 - Agriculture Days - Jordbruksdagarna

Bishop Hill's biggest event features traditional 19th century demonstrations, harvest activities, music, dancing, farm produce, and Old Settlers' Colony Stew. Find a gathering of vendors in the village park selling early country antiques, primitives, and handcrafted goods. Watch demonstrators as you enjoy live music in the park. While there, stop by the Vasa Archives booth in the children’s area to learn about seed saving by Bishop Hill's original colonists and how to save seeds form your own home garden. Find more hands-on activities for kids from noon - 4pm behind the Bjorklund Hotel. 10am-5pm. See a full schedule here. Sneak a peek at past year's fun in this short video clip.  309-927-3345

September 23 To September 24 - Feathered Nest Fall Open House

Get in the fall spirit! Stop in for refreshments and browse a spectacular selection of everlasting floral arrangements, extraordinary eggs, and marvelous seasonal wreaths at an Open House on Saturday and Sunday at the Feathered Nest from noon to 4pm. Find us on Main Street, 3 blocks west of the park, opposite the Colony School. 309-927-3033

October 12 - Blue Eyed Blondes Concert

The public is invited to this free concert in the Dairy Building at 410 North Erickson Street at 7pm. The Blue Eyed Blondes are the Swedish country duo, Lina Lönnberg and Kristoffer Emanuelsson. They will perform an evening of acoustic music, combining old time, folk, gospel and bluegrass tunes with traditional Swedish folk songs. Sponsored by the BHHA and the Twinflower Inn. For more info call 309 927-3899.