The Julia A. Purnell Museum was built in 1891 originally as the St. Agnes Catholic Church. The church consisted of 18 members but in 1900 the church shut down. The church was shut down because of the amount of members that were attending. When the church closed down, the vacant building was then used for public functions. The Purnell Museum was relocated to where the St. Agnes Catholic Church used to be in 1957 and is still in that location today.
Toward the end of Julia's life her son began to show her artwork with the locals around Snow Hill, Maryland. Julia passed away in 1943 and the community was devastated. In her honor the community donated tons of historic items from their homes to the Julia A. Purnell Museum. The Julia A. Purnell Museum gives visitors the chance to see some artifacts back in time. The museum shows over 10,000 artifacts on history of Snow Hill, Maryland and Worcester County. For your involvement you can become a member of the Julia Purnell Museum to help support the interpretation of local history. Members involved will receive a newspaper four times a year, advance notice of programs, and a 10% discount on all purchases.