Enjoy a leisurely walk through the various towns of Henry County, taking in the sights at your own pace. View original homes dating back to the 1800s and take in all of their architectural delights. No need to follow anyone else’s itinerary — use our guides but feel free to wander off for a delightful meal or to whatever unusual sight beckons.
Notable sights on this tour include the homes of founders and early business and civic leaders, and one of one of the last surviving Civil War veterans.
Look for the Richardson Romanesque Geneseo Township Library with its hipped roof, crossed gables and arched entry, and for the A.J. Meade Drugstore, which is the lone survivor of a formerly bustling old-time business center. Its simple style (business in the front, living quarters in the back) was once quite common to the area. See, also, examples of Greek Revival, Italianate, Queen Anne Victorian, Second Empire and many others types of past architecture.
The Bishop Hill Official Walking Tour Guide is available here or at the Bishop Hill Colony Store. It includes pictures and descriptions of each of the original colony buildings as well as a map.