Furnace Town Living Heritage Village  

3816 Old Furnace Road, Snow Hill, MD 21863

(410) 632-2032

Take a step back in time and experience 19th-century village life. Set in the Pocomoke Forest, Furnace Town is built around the Nassawango Iron Furnace which operated from 1830-1850. Visit our artisans dressed in period clothing who bring history to life. Each artisan demonstrates their craft in a historic 19th-century building and we have a broom maker, blacksmith, gardener, printer, schoolteacher, spinner, weaver, and woodworker.

History, Cultural Heritage, Crafts, Museum, Living History.

Julia A. Purnell Museum

Cynthia Byrd, Director

208 W. Market Street, Snow Hill, MD 21863


The museum showcases the needle art of the late Julia A. Purnell, the extensive artifact collection of her son, the late William Z. Purnell, and the history of Snow Hill. Julia died in 1943 at the age of 100. The museum displays examples of her needle art, tools she used, and memorabilia from her long life. The museum exhibits artifacts collected by William such as old tools, toys, machines, cooking utensils, clothing, curios, and more. The museum collection, begun on William's property, was donated to the town in 1957 and moved into the current building, the historic former St. Agnes Catholic Church, built in 1891.

needle art, artifacts and history of Snow Hill