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Crane Hill
is located in Cullman County, Alabama.

Located about half way between Birmingham and Huntsville.
We are a community of rolling hills surrounding beautiful Smith Lake.

The Chapel

To us, their is no better place to live!

If you are new to our area, we hope you will visit our church
and give us an opportunity to become part of your family.

For a brief Crane Hill-Dowling School History,
Click on this PDF link:
A brief history of Crane Hill and Dowling School


Pray For America

Each day we pray for many things. Let's not forget America!


Crane Hill Thanksgiving Schedule




Beulah Church of The Nazarene
13438 County Rd 222, Crane Hill, AL 35053

Beulah Church of The Nazarene


Flat Rock Methodist Church
5430 County Road 22
Trade, Al 35053

Bro. Bo Prewett, pastor

Flat Rock United Methodist Church


Smith Lake Baptist Church
18585 County Road 222
Crane Hill, AL 35053

Bro. Charles Johnson, minister

Smith Lake Baptist, Crane Hill, AL


Bethany Baptist Church
1612 County Road 201, Crane Hill, AL 35053.

Bethany Baptist Church, Crane Hill, AL



Livingston Chapel Church
16609 County Road 222
Crane Hill
, AL 35053

Pastor: Ron Collette

Livingston Chapel United Methodist Church, Crane Hill, AL


Mt. Hope Baptist Church
14906 County Road 222, Crane Hill, AL, 35053

Pastor—Rev Delbert Freeman (256) 747-3210

Mt. Hope Baptist Church,Crane Hill, AL



Sulphur Springs Baptist Church
1638 County Road 852 Crane Hill, AL, 35053

Rev. Paul Cleghorn
(256) 747-4002 (h);
(256) 747-6631

Sulphur Springs Baptist Church






Sweet Tater Festival

Labor Day weekend...

now held at Smith Lake Park

Crane Hill Logo


The Sweet Tater Festival began in 1997 in Dowling Memorial Park.
The festival was created to give Crane Hill their very own community event.
The success of the inaugural festival was important to the healing process
after losing Dowling School to a fire the year before.

Generous citizens gave tirelessly for three months to host their first festival.

After a community fire, the original entrance steps were all that remained of Dowling School.
A gazebo was soon constructed over the site.
Many thanks go to
Ollie Moon, Norman Bales and Lewis Harrison for this memorial to Dowling Memorial Park.

For the first festival, a massive public relations plan news releases were mailed to over 100 TV stations, radio stations and newspapers. To compete for valuable TV and radio time the announcement of the first festival was written on large sweet potatoes and mailed to station managers.
More than 200 flyers were posted at gas stations and stores across a three county area.
News stories covering the first Sweet Tater Festival could be hear or read as far a Nashville, TN to Mobile, AL. The first festival had over 50 juried exhibitors including fine arts and crafts from several states.

At the time, Crane Hill Postmaster, Sarah Roberts Harris worked with a local artist to have the
U.S. Postal Service
create an official cancellation commemorating the "Inaugural Sweet Tater Festival."
For those who got one of the hand cancelled envelopes created for that day, we hope you will protect it for the generations to come.

A special word of appreciation goes to Melissa Harbison, Brad Williams, Brother Charlie Johnson and the Dowling Memorial Park Committee for their generous contributions.
Much credit is also due the local businesses and farmers who donated services, sweet potatoes and so much more
to the success of this event.
Livingston Chapel Church participated in this event with several booths.

We regret that a better record of supporters was not recorded at the time,
but history has noted your contributions. More to come!


Sweet Tater Site




Dowling Park
Crane Hill, AL

Dowling School 1939-1996

Dowling School

For a brief Crane Hill-Dowling School History,
Click on this PDF link:
A brief history of Crane Hill and Dowling School


Dowling Park Gazebo


Crane Hill Senior Center
15095 County Road 222, Crane Hill, AL 35053

Crane Hill Senior Center

Located between the Crane Hill Post Office and the Main Fire Hall.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week the seniors of Crane Hill gather to enjoy visiting with each other, playing cards,
working puzzles and eating lunch. This is a service of the government and the only cost is a elective donation of $1.25 for your meal.

If you think it is just a group of old folks who lack a real life, you may be surprised !

Crane Hill Seniors

In the photo above are seniors who worked to make the wash cloths for
Livingston Chapel's Honduras Mission team to take to the young girls there.
Thank you!!

Even if you stay very busy, your life will blessed to make friends with neighbors you may not know.
It is a fact that those who stay busy with others remain healthy and independent much longer than those who live sedate and withdrawn lives.

Consider this your invitation to join the others at the Senior Center once you become 60 years old.
Activities begin around 8:00 am but many come later and
share the meal served at 11:30 am. Internet access is available at the center.
This program has to have so many participants or they could close our center !

Center phone: 256-747-6241


Crane Hill Main Fire Station

Crane Hill Main Fire Hall

Brandon Williams, Fire Chief
Crane Hill, Alabama

Old Yankee Store

The Old Yankee Store

For decades the social and service hub of Crane Hill was "The Yankee Store" owned and operated by Dennis and Vicki Johnson.
It was here that locals met and shared the community news. Serving 7 days a week and very long ours for each day, the Johnson's
served their community well.

West Point School

West Point School

The schools of Cullman County are a very special part of the community life. Holding true to their religious and family
values, they have been as important to maintaining the heart and soul of America.


Crane Hill Masonic Lodge

Crane Hill Lodge

Built in 1904, this simple 2 story building has had many purposes.
It is shown in in a sketch as it looked in the early years.
Over 100 years old and still going strong!

Never assume you are too old to serve a good purpose!


If you need a good church home for your children, Crane Hill has a wonderful choice!
May we recommend Livingston Chapel?

Angel of Faith

Where would we be if our Grandmothers had not taken us to church?

Grandmothers unite!!
Take your grands to church!

They will never forget it.

One Nation Under God.


One Lane Bridge by Donna Peters, artist


We need the help of our neighbors in Crane Hill to post
special events and dates of interest to everyone in our community.

If you have an up-coming event to share, please send it to:
Crane Hill Events

Thank you!!


Shady Grove Church by Donna Peters, artist

Shady Grove Church



If the churches listed here with sketches wish to have a digital copy of the sketch for church use, please contact:
Pen & Ink Sketches

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