Crane Hill is an unincorporated community in Cullman County, Alabama,United States. This community is located in Southwestern Cullman County, Alabama. The community of Crane Hill, Alabama can trace its history back to 1806 when the first settlers recorded their land titles. This area is named after the Sandhill Crane who fished the streams and roosted on a hill located just north of Mt. Zion Road and part of the Kirby Lay property. It was from this large hill of roosting cranes that Crane Hill took its name.
The Crane Hill's Community consist of several businesses and the following Government buildings.
This area is nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, it offers a landscape with rock out crops and graceful meadows all well endowed with indigenous plants, wild flowers and a wide variety of wild animals. Smith Lake and many fresh water streams wind through the hills and rocks offering residents an opportunity to fish and enjoy one of the most attractive locations in Alabama. Many residents are family in this close knit community and several families have the distinction of having lived as many as six generations in this area.
After the fire of 1996, the citizens of Crane Hill once again try to raise money to rebuild the School, but the Cullman County Board of Education did not see at need at the time for a school at the location. In 1997 in an effort to raise money was the start the Sweet Tater Festival. This Festival has been ongoing since. Currently the director is Tony Leonardi.
Mt. Hope Baptist Church is notably the oldest church in Crane Hill. The first church was built in 1877, the same year Cullman County came into existence. In 1923, the church was destroyed by a fire but was soon rebuilt in 1962. Delbert Freeman is the minister of this church.