Long Cemetery - Catman's Grave

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Local legend has it that a Catman creature, in life a graveyard caretaker who had catlike features, watches over the cemetery from beyound the grave. He is said to scare away teens who come to the graveyard to party. Some say he’s buried in an above-ground tomb in the center of the cemetery, and that if you knock 3 times on the brick wall behind the cemetery, the Catman will tinker with your car so that it won’t start when you try to leave.

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Geographic Information

Address:
Long Cemetery
Frankford, DE
United States

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GPS:
38.50965926556458, -75.24516320219851
County:
Sussex County, Delaware
Nearest Towns:
Frankford, DE (0.8 mi.)
Dagsboro, DE (2.7 mi.)
Selbyville, DE (3.7 mi.)
Bishopville, MD (5.4 mi.)
Millsboro, DE (6.2 mi.)
Millville, DE (7.1 mi.)
Whaleyville, MD (8.4 mi.)
Ocean View, DE (8.8 mi.)
Long Neck, DE (9.2 mi.)
Ocean Pines, MD (9.3 mi.)

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  1. My husband and I paid a visit to this Graveyard yesterday afternoon as he is a Frankford native and had heard these stories. There was no above ground tomb, no brick wall nor did we even find a name on any of the headstones that was close to Catman or anything????

  2. There actually was a mausoleum, i saw it years ago. They tore it down and threw it in the woods behind the graveyard. Now there is a long flat grave stone in its place only one there of its kind so not hard to miss. You forgot to mention his wife…… my dad actually saw his wife in the mausleum….. very dead wife, as for actual hauntings its just a fun story to tell ive been there so many times and nothing ever happened, its fun to scare your friends though

  3. I only go there during the day to visit my parents grave. I leave my car on every time! The catman must be sleeping during the day! lol lol

  4. The mausoleum was torn down by my husband at the request of the family, and the remains of the dead were interred in the ground. Catman was not in the mausoleum, he was the caretaker. The family of the persons in the mausoleum were tired of the teenage parties and vandalism .

    From my experiences in this graveyard, I believe it to be truly haunted, either by Catman (if he ever existed) or someone else.

  5. A strange cemetery … Many 1812 and civil war burials … Most cemeteries have family plots and you can see relationships: ie: husband/wife, sons and daughters … but here most of the graves are singles. It’s an oppressive and very unkempt place … it seems as though current family members have long forgotten their relatives. Very sad …
    You can see the full set of photos here …
    https://www.facebook.com/BeachedPawsPhotography/?ref=hl

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