Swedish roots run deep in this western Illinois colony (population: 128) near the Quad Cities. Founded more than 150 years ago by religious dissidents from Sweden, its attractions include museums and crafts shops.

Gallery Inn.

What to do

Bishop Hill Colony Store Candy, coffee, preserves, gifts and some Swedish foods fill shelves. (309) 927-3596; bishophillheritage.org

1854 Steeple Building Costumed interpreters welcome visitors to view a film and tour the buildings. (309) 927-3899; bishophillheritage.org

Bishop Hill Museum Admire paintings by Olof Krans, who documented life in the Bishop Hill Colony in the mid-19th century and painted residents' portraits. (309) 927-3345; bishophill.com

Where to eat

Bishop Hill Bakery and Eatery Sandwiches, soups and fruit-filled pastries rule. (309) 927-3042; bishophillbakery.com

Where to stay

Gallery Inn The 1856 inn is close to the main attractions, shops and restaurants. (309) 927-3080; bishophillgalleryinn.com

For information: Bishop Hill State Historic Site (309) 927-3345; bishophill.com

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