Bishop Hill, National Historic Landmark
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!