Sometime in the late 19th century Joseph Russell Miller opened a tailor shop on Main Street in Woodstock. A native of Hardy County West Virginia, Miller had moved to Woodstock as a child and was trained as a tailor in a Frederick County shop. Throughout the first half of the 20th century, his business would have been a popular place for individuals looking for suits, shirts, ties, and other custom made clothes.
The popularity of his shop made Miller a wealthy and prominent member of local society. He owned a large home on the intersection of Spring and Muhlenberg Streets in Woodstock, was a member of the local Masonic Lodge, and according to his obituary was “actively involved in community issues.”
In 1947 a fall that fractured his hip forced Miller to retire. In died in 1953. Today, the site of his shop at 118 N. Main Street houses Old River Creative.