Once home to many Swedish immigrants, Bishop Hill – also known as Utopia on the Prairie – is worth a visit any time of the year. Designated as a State Historic Site and a National Historic Landmark, visitors from near and far come to experience this historic village rich in Swedish-American tradition.
Nearly a dozen structures remain from the old colony, dating back to 1846. As you stroll through the streets of Bishop Hill, you can imagine the early days as peeks into the past are clearly displayed throughout the town. Take a moment to browse many of our unique shops for antiques, pottery, Swedish imports, quilts and baskets. Indulge your taste buds as you sample authentic Swedish meatballs at one of our restaurants. All museums, specialty shops and restaurants are within walking distance.
In addition to being a Henry County showpiece, Bishop Hill hosts many festivals and events scheduled throughout the year they include:
- Spring Jubilee
- Valborg Bonfire – A traditional Swedish spring welcome
- Bishop Hill Quilt Show at the Colony School
- Midsommar Music Festival – Complete with Swedish music and barn dance
- Annual Country Antique Market
- Antique Car Show
- Clay and Fiber Fest – Includes pottery, spinning, weaving, and broom making demonstrations
- Pie and Ice Cream Social
- Jordbruksdagarna – Ag days featuring traditional 19th century harvest activities
- Julmarknad – Sights, sounds, and aromas of Christmas past
- Lucia Nights