In The Home Place: Life in Rural Prince Edward Island in the 1920s and 30s, Jean Halliday MacKay paints a vivid picture of life in the early part of the twentieth century. She begins with a brief look at the Halliday family's arrival to Belfast as "Selkirk Settlers" in the early 1800s. There they settled and farmed, becoming part and parcel of the Island's historical landscape. Written especially for her family, this book is primarily about the time of Jean's growing up. These are her stories: her memories of life in the home and on the farm, in the one-room school and in the community.