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Bishop Hill was settled in 1846 by a group of Swedish religious dissidents who believed that simplicity was the way to salvation. Their leader, Erik Jansson, named the colony for Biskopskulla, his birthplace in Sweden. The community was united by necessity and religious belief, but dissension arose within the following and the ideals were abandoned in 1861.
The town, inhabited by descendants of the original immigrant settlers, is a good source for Swedish collectibles and crafts. The Bishop Hill Heritage Museum, in the Steeple Building, has exhibits depicting the story of the Swedish colonists; Bishop Hill Colony artifacts and crafts are featured; phone (309) 927-3899.

Bishop Hill Heritage Association 103 N. Bishop Hill St. BISHOP HILL, IL 61419. Phone:(309)927-3899

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