BISHOP HILL HERITAGE ASSOCIATION: Dairy Building, Bishop Hill
The Bishop Hill Colony was established in 1846, when a group of Swedish religious dissenters came to Illinois to create a utopia free from the dogma of the established church. The Colony is still evident today in the form of 17 historic Colony buildings and 130 residents. Bishop Hill is a state historic site and a National Historic Landmark. At the time of the LI grant, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association was working to restore the 1855 Dairy Building, which since 1985 had been used for storage. Grant funding supported completing the building’s interior brick work on the north side rooms.