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To me, graveyards are not only fascinating and informative places, but also places of great peace.

Despite more than three years in this part of Tuscany, I had failed to visit this one until very recently. Better late than never, for sure, and what is also sure is that I shall go back there, again and again; to find peace and also to watch its restoration take place.

Bagni di Lucca

The town, itself, lies alongside the River Lima and is, in fact, the largest mountain comune (municipality) in Italy. Its name means “Baths of Lucca” due to its thermal spa baths; well known, and used, since pre-Roman times. The town has long played host to visitors, especially in the 19th Century, many of whom settled in the area. A thriving English community developed here.

The History of the Cemetery

In 1840, the Prince of Lucca (Carlo Ludovico di Borbone Parma) granted permission to Henry and Elizabeth Stisted, to build an Anglican church and cemetery in Bagni di Lucca.

Henry Stisted, of the Royal Dragoons, had fought against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. His wife, Elizabeth, entertained many prominent British literary figures, including Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, Walter Scott, and Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, at their Bagni di Lucca home. Funds for the church and the cemetery were helped by sales of Elizabeth’s book “Letters from the bye-ways of Italy”.

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Can a small historical society in a small upstate New York villagehave international connections and significance? YES!!!
Rose Cleveland, younger sister of future US president StephenGrover Cleveland, lived here in Clinton as a child in the early 1850s andthen taught here at Houghton Seminary when an adult.
When Grover was president he, at first, had no wife, so Rose wasthe official first lady of the White House. He then married Frances Folsomsome 30 years younger than he.

Rose (1846-1918) went on to make significant contributions tohumanity as a missionary and a nurse to Italian war refugees and victimsof the great flu epidemic at the end of World War I in the Florence, Italyarea.

CHS recently received an inquiry from Sirpa Salenius, who is auniversity professor from Finland. She has been preparing a book aboutRose’s humanitarian efforts prior to succumbing to the disease herself.CHS’ chief researcher, John Burdick, has helped Ms. Salenius inher research and has answered many questions. She has sent John apostcard from Florence thanking him for his help. Ms. Salenius attended aconference there in which she presented information on Rose.
Ms. Salenius wrote that all went to the English Cemetery to seethe restoration work done on the graves of Rose, Evangeline Whipple,and Nelly Enchsen. She sent us a picture of Rose’s monument shown below. The inscription reads, “

In sacred and loving memory of RoseElizabeth Cleveland died November 22, 1918, author and philanthropist a loyal lover of he country and a true friend of Italy, she died 12Nov 1918 at Bagni Di Lucca; stricken by the epidemic Spanish feverwhich with her band of nurses,
she was nobly combatingamong the refugees of the Great War.”

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