A gift from a former Powell resident's estate will help maintain a re-created Depression-era farmstead she counted among her favorite places.

A gift from a former Powell resident's estate will help maintain a re-created Depression-era farmstead she counted among her favorite places.

Preservation Parks of Delaware County earlier this week announced it had received a donation of $132,500 from the estate of Linda Nester. The countywide park district has earmarked the funding for capital improvements at Gallant Farm, a park north of the city of Delaware where volunteers re-create 1930s farm life.

Preservation Parks spokeswoman Sue Hagan said Nester began volunteering with the park district seven years ago after participating in its Golden Marathon hiking program for senior citizens. Hagan said Nester fell in love with the farm off Buttermilk Hill Road in Troy Township after it opened in 2012.

Robin Mayes, an educator with the district, said in a statement that visitors to the farm likely will have a difficult time forgetting Nester.

"Linda left a lasting impression," Mayes said. "Visitors loved her down-home hospitality. She met them at the door with a warm welcome and encouraged them to make themselves at home."

Nester, who was born and raised in Bristol, Virginia, and pursed a career in education, died in June 2015 of brain cancer at age 71. A longtime volunteer, Nester also served as a docent for the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, according to an obituary published in the Columbus Dispatch.

Hagan said Nester's gift will be used for a variety of improvements at the park over a number of years. The district will purchase new fencing and three ewes with some of the funding in 2017.

"We have chickens on the farm and now we'll be adding sheep," Hagan said.

The district next year also plans to use a portion of the gift to extend the fishing dock at a pond on the site "so that people can fish using old-fashioned cane poles," Hagan said.

A portion of Nester's gift also will pay for the installation of a hayloft in the farm's barn.

Rich Niccum, the district's education manager, said in a statement that Nester's gift will be used in part to enhance the experiences of children who visit the site.

"Linda was very passionate about kids coming to the farm, so we will continue to explore new programs and initiatives that support Linda's love for sharing the natural and culture history of farm life in Delaware County," he said.

The district early next year plans to install a plaque on a restored porch glider to commemorate Nester and her gift to the park system.

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