Bishop HIll

Bishop HIll

Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery
103 South Bishop Hill Street
61419

Head on down the road to enjoy a freshly baked pastry and a cup of coffee, a delicious lunch, or an afternoon pie. The fresh aroma from the oven will tickle your nose, and count on a memorable dining experience. You will delight in the baked goods from scratch and homemade meals to match.

The Bishop Hill Bakery & Eatery is and always will be a respite for Bishop Hill visitors offering fresh baked bread, cookies, pies, with a dash of neighborliness. Cookies and fresh bread are made right before your eyes when standing at the counter to place your order. Serving delicious lunches with homemade soup, casseroles, or a sandwich from the daily lunch menu. The bakery is a few steps across from the Colony Store, Steeple building, and Sweet Annie Primitives.

Bishop Hill
February 28 Thursday & Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Regular hours resume March 1
Bishop Hill Colony Store
101 West Main Street
61419

Experience one of the many shops in Bishop Hill, IL

An old-time mercantile complete with wooden floor and the store shelves offering a plethora of gourmet foods, confections and souvenirs. Over 80 different varieties of bulk candy, sold by the piece or the pound Swedish fish to triple-dipped malted milk balls, Finnska licorice to caramel cheesecake fudge, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your sweet tooth. A sample of the gourmet foods offered, Bond-ost cheeses, Abba herring, Wasa crackers, lingonberries, Anna’s cookies and more. Coffee lovers, might we suggest, Lingonberry Creme Brulee for a delicacy to take home. A Swedish gift to remember your visit? Select from Dala horses, Tomtes and straw Julbocks or a Danish iron candle holders, don’t forget the candles.

 

 

 

Bishop Hill
April 1 through December 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and January through March, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill Dairy Building Grand Room
410 North Erickson Street
61419

The dairy building, a pre-Civil War structure, is a unique setting for reunions, small weddings, or for church and school groups to utilize while visiting Bishop Hill.

Windows align the east and west side of the Grand Room conference space which has been restored to a large workshop/classroom area that will seat fifty comfortably. Adjoining the Grand Room is a coffee bar room for additional display area and food service capabilities.

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Bishop Hill Gallery Inn
109 West Main Street
61419

Enjoy the peace and comfort of Bishop Hill Gallery Inn, just steps from Bishop Hill’s restaurants, shops, and museums. Beautiful guest rooms with private baths, offering in-room coffee and complimentary snacks.

Stay for a night, a weekend, or longer in the peaceful beauty of historic Bishop Hill, IL. The Gallery Inn, located on the 2nd floor of the original 1856 Bishop Hill Colony Administration Building, offers three tranquil guest rooms, each with a queen bed and private bath, and a large shared sitting room overlooking the village park. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy Bishop Hill’s festivals and special events.

We look forward to your stay with us!

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Bishop Hill State Historic Site
304 South Bishop Hill Road
61419

IHPA Bishop Hill State Museum

The Olof Krans Bishop Hill Collection

Bishop Hill State Historic Site is an open-air museum. Visit Utopia on the Prairie.

Four historically significant buildings are owned by the State of Illinois and are maintained as part of the Bishop Hill State Historic Site. These architectural treasures are the two-story Colony Church (1850), the three-story Colony Hotel (1852-ca. 1860), the Boys Dormitory (ca. 1850), and the Colony Barn (the mid-1850s) that has been relocated behind the Hotel. Also, the central village park contains a reconstructed gazebo and war monuments. On the south edge of the village stands a new brick Museum to house a comprehensive collection of paintings by colonist and self-taught artist, Olof Krans (1838-1916) the largest collection of Olof Krans folk art in the world. Hours and days of operation change with the season. Please call to confirm your visit. Additional offerings include a 10 minute Bishop Hill orientation video, and visitor information.

Bishop Hill
March through October, Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; November through February, Thursday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill Steeple Building
103 North Bishop Hill Street
61419

Immigration History at the Bishop Hill Steeple Building

The Bishop Hill Steeple building provides a glimpse back in history to 1854. Architecturally intriguing, this three-story stucco Greek Revival structure with a two-story tower and 66 six-over-six windows was recently restored with a Save America Treasures grant. It was built to be used as a hotel, but instead was used as a dwelling, school, administration building, and later housed a bank, telephone switchboard and apartments.

The museum is home to the Bishop Hill Heritage Association offices. The rooms and exhibit showcase historic artifacts and photos of early Colony days and take visitors back through time to a quaint prairie village.

A plaque at the Pioneer Monument at Bishop Hill reads: ‰”Dedicated to the memory of the hardy pioneers who in order to secure religious liberty left Sweden their native land with all the endearments of home and kindred and found Bishop Hill Colony on the uninhabited prairies of Illinois.‰”

Group tours by appointment, small fee.

Bishop Hill
April to December, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. January through March Daily 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bishop Hill, National Historic Landmark
304 Bishop Hill Road
61419

Bishop Hill, National Historic Landmark, will fill you with a taste of history and is an internationally recognized cultural location. The rich fertile farmland along the banks of the Edward’s River became home to the Swedish spiritual leader, Erik Jansson’s colony Bishhopskulla. In 1846, this communal society was born from the search of religious freedom. It was a hardy group who developed many firsts in the area, brick making, broom corn for brooms and a railroad.

Today, Bishop Hill is a cultural experience centered on western Illinois’ Utopia on the Prairie. It is a State of Illinois Historic site and a National Historic Landmark.

The village and area are home to many of the descendants of the original Bishop Hill colonists. Bishop Hill Heritage Association is dedicated to preserving many of the original buildings which still stand stately and restored to their original appearance. They offer educational programming to instill visitors with a sense of pride in the past, present, and futures.

Travel the back roads to a quiet, serene and calming village that offers, culture, history, shopping, dining, and lodging opportunities. Spend the weekend enjoying one of the many Bishop Hill Festivals featuring, music, art, demonstrations and history! Join us for a cultural heritage day or weekend. Välkommen!

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Bishop Hill
March through October, Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November through February, Wednesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Colony Inn
208 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
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Entwined
401 North Bishop Hill Street
61419

Entwined offers friendly faces, a dash of history, and a truly fun and authentic shopping experience!

Entwined boutique offers unique, high-quality items for a great price! Whether you want something classy or cozy, Entwined has it all! We specialize in clothing, as well as, home décor and antiques.
Bishop Hill
Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm
Filling Station
303 North Bishop Hill Street
61419

Step back in time to a simpler way of life. Enjoy a friendly, family atmosphere where you are encouraged to sit and relax. The staff provides down to earth service and fresh hot food that ranks an A+ with the locals on all levels. All visitors welcomed! Daily specials and a selection of home-made pies are always available. Travel the back roads on the weekends and try the Swedish pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. You’ll be glad you did!

Bishop Hill
Open daily 11am to 2pm, Friday Supper 5pm to 8pm; Saturday and Sunday breakfast 7am to 10am
Frau Blucker’s
207 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
Frau Blucker’s is an eclectic mix of home and seasonal decor, antiques, and candles. You will also find jewelry, specialty infant clothing and unique cards and stationery items. The owners are curators of new and one of a kind locally sourced treasures. An intriguing visit awaits!
Bishop Hill
Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., January through February weekends only Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday 12:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Garden Thyme
109 North Bishop Hill Street
61419

Garden inspired artwork, jewelry, antiques and heirlooms are featured throughout the store, located next to the Bishop Hill Post Office.

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Hantverk Galleri
403 N. Bishop Hill Street
61419

Hantverk Galleri celebrates handmade everyday! Colorful porcelain,wedding cake stands,custom pottery,artisan chocolate from The Bishop Hill Chocolate Company and workshops to discover your inner artist. Open year round.

Bishop Hill
Wednesday thru Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 Noon – 5 p.m.
Henry County Historical Museum
202 South Park Street
61419

Henry County Historical Museum is the best kept secret. It is treasure trove of yesteryear artifacts that invite visitors to experience Henry County history. The agricultural collection features everything ag related, machinery, tools, a farm kitchen and country store exhibits, and one will even find a barbed wire collection. Military enthusiasts will enjoy the exhibit which features antique guns dating back to the civil war, and many military fashions and memorabilia.

Bishop Hill
Open May 1 through October 31, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Groups are welcome please call ahead.
Lindstrom’s Vintage Supply & Gifts
204 N. Johnson Street
61419

Browse a unique and always-changing selection of antique, vintage and architectural finds in historic Bishop Hill.  Shop for the perfect piece of furniture or home decor accessory.  There is always something new and different to see!

Bishop Hill
Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4pm
Outsider Gallery
409 North Erickson Street
61419

The Outsider Gallery is filled with whimsical, elegant, and functional items from regional artisans Steve and Marsha Carleson

Marsha makes handmade paper, 3-dimensional paper pieces, bowls, vases, bottle cap tables and other objects of whimsy. Steve makes glass ornaments, beads, and fused glass pieces with the occasional traditional Swedish tina boxes combined into the mixture.

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Open by Appointment
P.L. Johnson’s
110 Bjorkland Street
61419

A Taste of Sweden

Wander into P.L. Johnson’s for lunch offering vintage decor of a Swedish grandmother’s parlor which was the old Bishop Hill hardware store. Bask in the friendly, warm atmosphere bustling with friendly courteous staff tending to customers and pots bubbling on the stove. Swedish meatballs with a creamy sauce with noodles is a local favorite menu offers a variety of Swedish themed sandwiches/meals and American fare. Sip on lingonberry iced tea and select a daily delicious dessert topped with ice cream if you should choose. Open lunch all season, dinners watch Facebook for updates.

 

Bishop Hill
Open daily March to December, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February Weekends. Closed January. Groups welcomed, please call ahead.
Peasant Works
205 North Bishop Hill Street
61419

Visit our 1882 barn, brimming with vintage treasures and creative finds.Earthy delights, flowers, and plants abound. A local artisans collective featuring Barnstorm Forge ironwork, Vintage Chic crochet, Earthfaeries home-brewed soap, Bishop Hill Julbok Company’s straw sculpture and Lori’s hand-woven basketry.

 

Bishop Hill
Friday to Sunday 11 am to 5 pm, Hours vary by Season, call ahead!
Prairie Arts Center
203 North Bishop Hill Street
61419

An open air studio featuring pottery, rugs, fiber, and broom artisans performing their art. All artisans have wares for purchase.

Prairie Arts Center welcomes you to watch rugs being woven and brooms being created in the open air studio. The center also features pottery, weaving and spinning artisans.

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Bishop Hill
April through December, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. January and February Closed, March Limited Hours
Sugar “N” Spice
105 South Bishop Hill Street
61419
Bishop Hill
Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday Noon to 5 pm Closed January through March
Summer Cottage
507 North Bishop Hill Street
61419
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Sweet Annie’s Primitives
106 South Bishop Hill Street
61419

Red marks the spot in Bishop Hill to encounter warm and spirited antiques and primitives. Favorites include cupboards, buckets, folk art, early country in old paint & original surface, barrels & quilts, tables and bowls. Peruse through garden accents, textiles, pottery, yellowware, treenware, handmades and dried everlastings to accent your home decor. Visit the patio and wash house featuring seasonal gardens and gardenware.

 

Bishop Hill
Wednesday to Friday, 10 am to 3 pm, Saturda, 10 am to 4 pm, Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm
The Feathered Nest at Windy Corner Farm
508 West Main Street
61419

A delightful artist haven offering a delightful mix of Victorian lace eggs, intimate hand-cut miniature portrait silhouettes and objects of art crafted from nature’s bounty.  Windy Corner Farms and The Feathered Nest gardens and studio are an experience soon to be a cherished memory.

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Open by appointment please call ahead of your visit.
The Village Smithy
309 North Bishop Hill Street
61419

Homespun and calico fabrics, quilting notions and books are Village Smithy’s specialty in historic Bishop Hill, IL. An array of skillfully handmade items, vintage, and new quilts along with a treasure trove of antiques and collectibles.

 

Bishop Hill
April through December, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. January through March, by chance or appointment
Twinflower Inn
110 Olson Street
61419

Step away from the everyday and travel the back roads to Twinflower Inn, the ultimate retreat.

The Twinflower Inn features four suites and two guest rooms. Built as the original Colony Hospital in 1855, the Inn is one of 10 original buildings lovingly restored in the village of Bishop Hill a national historic landmark. It’s your home base for a couple or family gathering adventure weekend.

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VASA National Archives Museum
109 Bishop Hill Road
61419

Sharing Rich Heritage and Values of the Old Country

VASA provides sharing national Scandinavian heritage with fellow Americans, and helps others to learn or remember the meaningful ways and values of the Old Country.

The national archives museum is a dynamic facility housing the history of the VASA organization. The large library holds books supporting genealogy research. Also available are a collection of rare books written in Swedish though published in the United States. Visitors are able to view a large collection of Swedish artifacts.

Bishop Hill is considered a birthplace of the Swedish immigration to the US. The village is not a reproduction. It is very much the same town settled in 1846. An authentic village experience from a community who celebrates the seasons, Swedish holidays and traditions.  Visitors become immersed in the past and let the present learn from the past.

Bishop Hill
April through December 20, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Winter by appointment only.