Illinois October 13, 2017
This Is The Most Historic Small Town In All Of Illinois And You Need To Visit
History buffs can’t resist a visit to this well-reserved village from almost two centuries ago. This historical small town is riddled with old buildings, vintage streets, and other ancient artifacts that have been kept in almost mint condition.
Learn about the structures, land, and the people who built it. Keep scrolling for details about a time long gone…
The historic small town of Bishop Hill is located in the northern region of the state in the middle of nowhere. Though it was once a bustling community, it currently houses less than 150 residents.
It was settled by Swedish immigrants escaping religious oppression who called themselves the Janssonists. The colony was founded by Erik Jansson and his followers who worked to make their village the "promised land" they were told they'd find.
Built in 1848, this is the Colony Church. It houses the sanctuary on the second floor.
The colony was successful both by way of economics and religious morals. The settlement lasted 15 years before disbanding, and now visitors find museums, unique shops, art galleries, and charming restaurants to entertain.
There are many antique structures still in place throughout the historical small town. The Steeple Building was built in 1854 and features a clock with four faces that use only the hour hands.
The Colony Hotel was constructed in 1852 as a dwelling for colonists traveling through the area.
Visitors will even find the old general store that was used during colony times. It served a village of about 1,000 residents, selling produce, gifts, household goods, and more.
Bishop Hill is the best historical small town in Illinois, and it is even listed on the National Register of Historic Places, has been named an Illinois State Historic Site, and is a National Landmark Village. Come witness the impressive settlement our Illinoisan ancestors worked hard on long ago.
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