Julia A. Purnell Museum
Julia A. Purnell Museum
208 W Market St
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone: (410) 632-0515
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Built in 1891, the Purnell museum building was originally the St. Agnes Catholic Church. It was part of the Wilmington Archdiocese, but was never very successful; the Delmarva Peninsula was largely Protestant. At its peak, the St. Agnes Church consisted of 18 members. The church closed near the turn of the century and was used for public functions until the Purnell Museum was housed there in 1957.

Today, the Julia A. Purnell Museum offers interpretive exhibits of many aspects of the lives of Snow Hill and Worcester Countians. A time-line parallels the history of Worcester County with the history of the United States. Kitchen and hearth exhibits show visitors the utensils and methods used to keep a happy home during the 18th and 19th centuries. A "general merchandise" welcomes browsers back to a time when communities were built around the local general store. The Victorian era is also represented, complete with clothing, jewelry and everyday items made of silver and exquisitely carved ivory. Machines and tools show the many "modern" improvements Mrs. Purnell experienced. Even the lighter side of life is remembered, with phonographs, toys, books, and bicycles - the Julia A. Purnell Museum offers something for everyone.

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October 7 `17
Fiberfest Needle Arts Festival at Julia A. Purnell Museum
Julia A. Purnell Museum

Come out for FiberFest, the Purnell Museum's annual arts festival on Saturday, October 8! We'll have fiber art demonstrations, hand-dyed and spun yarns, quilts, activities for kids, artworks and textiles to buy, live sheep-shearing demonstrations, a gallery talk, baked goods, and more! Our annual Needle Art Show and Competition will be on display, with ribbons awarded at 1:00. FiberFest takes place on the museum grounds in Snow Hill from 10am to 4pm.

October 7 `17
Free Admission Day For Locals
Julia A. Purnell Museum
The Julia A Purnell Museum will have free admission for local residents today and every first Saturday of the month. If you have not been to the museum lately, you must go again! 
 
October 28 `17
Julia Purnell's Birthday Party
Julia A. Purnell Museum
Visitors to the Julia A. Purnell Museum are treated to free admission and cake to commemorate our namesake's birth.
November 4 `17
Free Admission Day For Locals
Julia A. Purnell Museum
The Julia A Purnell Museum will have free admission for local residents today and every first Saturday of the month. If you have not been to the museum lately, you must go again! 
 
December 2 `17
Free Admission Day For Locals
Julia A. Purnell Museum
The Julia A Purnell Museum will have free admission for local residents today and every first Saturday of the month. If you have not been to the museum lately, you must go again! 
 
December 3 `17
Victorian Christmas Celebration at Julia A. Purnell Museum
Julia A. Purnell Museum

Step back in time for an old fashioned holiday gathering at the Julia A Purnell Museum. The Museum will be fully decorated for the season. Join the 19th Century party and enjoy mulled cider and old fashioned sweets. There will be special exhibits with Victorian-style Christmas trees and a children's ornament project.

Visit the gift shop for unique holiday giving. 

The Victorian Christmas Celebration is included in the museum's general admission fee of $2 for adults. There is no admission for children thanks to the generosity of the Berlin-Ocean City Optimist Club.

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