Around the turn of the century, the farmers who lived on the great rivers of the Chesapeake Bay farmed their crops in the Spring and Summer and worked their oyster beds in the Fall and Winter. During World War II oyster prices soared. The Virginia farmers living on the waterfront sites took to the briny rivers and creeks to farm their oysters. Mathews County, the section located between Mobjack Bay and the Piankatank River, was one such area that was affected. Oyster shucking houses sprang up virtually overnight on a number of waterways in Mathews County. The Victorian farmhouse depicted in the painting River House is located about one mile down river of the Route 3 Bridge.