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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.

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Upcoming Events

Bishop Hill's Midsommar Music FestivalFree performances in the village park gazebo will include Jazz on the Side, Hammer & Pick, Zak and Erin and Black Hawk Pipes and Drums
Jun24
Bishop Hill's Midsommar Music festivalMusical performances in the village park, a Swedish Maypole celebration and an Old-Fashioned Barn Dance
Jun24
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