|The Steeple Building|
|Colony Hotel (back, showing light well)|
The State of Illinois owns several of the historic properties and others have been privately restored. The town has 150 people and there are many "event weekends" held each year.
I first read about Bishop Hill in a New Yorker magazine article in the mid 1970's. I finally got to see it!
|"American" sewing machine|
Monmouth College, in the city of that name, is about 35 miles from Bishop Hill. Two women's fraternities were founded there: Pi Beta Phi in 1867 and Kappa Kappa Gamma in 1870. Kappa's Stewart House was closed today, but I took pictures of the exterior. Pi Phi's Holt House was open and the curator provided a thorough tour.
|quilt made for Grace Coolidge|
|these are diamonds,|
I took IL-67 south from Monmouth and got to St. Louis just after 5:00. It's time to start thinking P.E.O.!