“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rutland in Rutland County, Vermont — The American Northeast (New England)

Ann Story

1741 - 1817

Ann Story Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 3, 2019
1. Ann Story Marker
Ann Story was a pioneer and Rutland settler, a widowed mother of five, and a Revolutionary War spy and hero. After moving to Salisbury, she supported the Green Mountain Boys, providing food, advice and information.

Fearless in the face of danger, Ann Story stared down the gun of Tory spy Ezekiel Jenny. When he threatened to kill her if she didn't inform on the Green Mountain Boys, she called him a coward, and he left emptyhanded. She sent her son Solomon with a message, written on a page from her Bible, to Ethan Allen at Fort Ticonderoga, which led to the capture of Jenny and other British spies. They were imprisoned till the war's end.

Ann Story is remembered for her hard work, resourcefulness and bravery, a symbol of the many women who helped shape Vermont.

This sculpture was created in memory of Evelyn Gammons Costello of Rutland and her children, Richard, Bartley, Elizabeth, John, Edward, Evelyn Virginia, Joan, Mary, Joseph and Evelyn, and was funded by their descendants. Costello, pregnant with twins, was widowed in 1928.

Like Story, Costello was determined, intelligent and strong, and instilled
Ann Story Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, July 3, 2019
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in her children the importance of education, compassion and service. Her oldest son became a father figure, went to work, and demonstrated unconditional love, dedication, and the value of labor. His siblings became nurses, business, community, and military leaders, a doctor, a lawyer, and a judge. As America owes a debt of gratitude to Ann Story, the Costello family is indebted to Evelyn Gammons Costello and her children for great lives led by example.
Erected by The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, Vermont Quarries, MKF Properties, Green Mountain Power.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US RevolutionaryWomen.
Location. 43° 36.478′ N, 72° 58.766′ W. Marker is in Rutland, Vermont, in Rutland County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street (Business U.S. 4) and Cottage Street, on the right when traveling west on West Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rutland VT 05701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Italian American Club of Rutland, Vermont (approx. 0.2 miles away); Julia C.R. Dorr (approx. 0.2 miles away); Historic West Street Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Governor Israel Smith (approx. ¼ mile away); Rutland Veterans Memorial
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(approx. ¼ mile away); Old State House (approx. 0.3 miles away); a different marker also named Old State House (approx. 0.3 miles away); John Deere (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rutland.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 15, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 12, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 12, 2019, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Mar. 28, 2023