Most roads in northeast Iowa will take you past a church or two, but what you may not notice is the rich historical backdrops these churches and cemeteries originate from. Some of these churches were formed by the very first settlers to this area, before the state of Iowa existed. They were created using the materials in the surrounding wilderness with settlers' hands, hard work and a few tools. Each church and cemetery boasts a unique characteristic. You might choose to kneel in the "Smallest Church" which was built to keep a promise for an answered prayer or you may want to visit Indian mounds. Wander the beautiful cemeteries and photograph unusual tombstones. Realize that the sense of community felt in northeast Iowa began with small churches and big hearts. Whether you are looking for a Sunday service on vacation or a look into history, the churches and cemeteries of northeast Iowa are a wonderful place to begin feeling the heart of northeast Iowa.