Sweden’s Doorway into Illinois – Bishop Hill


Bishop Hill is a village in Henry County, Illinois, along the South Edwards River, with the population of less than 200 people.

The village was founded in 1846 by Swedish immigrants affiliated with the Pietist movement, led by Erik Jansson. So far, due to its far-flung location and the town size, it still keeps its traditional Swedish farm feature. In terms of historic preservation, how to make the town be known by more and more people for tourism is a good question. The question like the accessibility – at least 3 hour drives from nearby big cities and no close public transportation nearby – is problematic for a one-day destination for visiting.

The newly-built windmills brought the old town clean and sustainable energy but it became controversial in terms of the view of the town.

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