Raphael's Hollow Cemetery
Hawthorne Way and Central Avenue

Established in 1894 by Dr. George Chapman, then the director of the St. Raphael Archangel Sanitarium, Raphael's Hollow Cemetery is reserved exclusively for those who contributed in some substantial way to the art of healing -- physicians, psychologists, nurses, and so forth. The grounds are spacious, with the plots (thus far) set fairly wide apart; the lawns are gently cared for, and well-maintained gardens are scattered throughout the grounds, setting a faintly perfumed scent upon the breeze. All things considered, Raphael's Hollow is a serene park possessed of quiet, tasteful beauty, which serves to attract a number of visitors each year, quite above and beyond those who come to remember lost loved ones.

Dr. Chapman's own memorial takes the form of a large oak tree planted upon his grave, with a metal plaque set on a stone pedestal a few feet to the tree's south. The tree has proved to be unusually hardy, resisting drought, disease and perilous weather even as other trees throughout the region have been felled by the unstoppable forces of nature. There are, quite naturally, those who believe that the tree is imbued with Chapman's spirit, and has thus attained immortality; whatever the reason, it doesn't seem about to die any time soon.