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 28 - The Bishop Hill Tapestry Celebration

Join the Bishop Hill Heritage Association at the Steeple Building from 2:30pm to 5 pm for a free program celebrating the installation of the Bishop Hill Tapestry by Swedish artist, Åsa Bengtson and weaver, Lija Rage. Speakers will open the ceremony; they include Illinois State Representative, Dan Swanson, Chicago’s Honorary Consul General for Sweden, Gerd Sjögren, President of the Carl Axel Valen Foundation, Mattias Hallendorff, and President of the American Daughters of Sweden, Janet Nelson. Hammered dulcimer music by Jon Wagner and light refreshments will follow. For more details, please call 309-927-3899.

November 11 - Artist Grant Workshop

Company of Folk, in collaboration with the Bishop Hill Heritage Associatiion, will present this a FREE Grant workshop at the Dairy Building, 410 N. Erickson Street, from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. The workshop will focus on ways ethnic and traditional artists can pass along their art form to an apprentice. Funding sources for artists will be discussed. Sponsored by the Illinois Arts Council Agency through the National Endowment for the Arts. Find more info here.

November 24 To November 25 - Holiday Cookie Walk

Held at the Colony School Friday and Saturday from 9am-4pm. Local elves make cookies that are sure to please everyone. Come purchase holiday baked goods by the pound.