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