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.
The museum is small, as is the parking lot. Carpool if you can. Staff are friendly and helpful.
Adults are $3, children are free. Open 7 days a week. You'll probably spend 30 minutes to an hour here.
If you appreciate local history and Maryland's Eastern Shore, you should visit!
The Curator, Cindy, welcomed us and gave us an introduction and historical background as well as a self-guided tour pamphlet. She has a wonderful personality and is so accommodating; we just loved her!
If you have kids, it is a great place to give them an appreciation for kid things from yesteryear. There is something interesting for everyone.
We will be returning and highly recommend! Small intimate surroundings to take your time and soak it all in. 💖🔆