One way to tell that you have arrived at the Thomas Shepherd Inn after darkness falls is from the purple neon cat in our front dining room window, easily visible at night. Several windows along German Street have other neon displays, mostly of animals which have some significance to the homeowners, and we are often asked what the story is.
Truth be told, we don’t have a real story. The neon sculptures have been popular here for some years and are made by a woman who sells them through Dickinson and Wait Craft Gallery, on German Street. The bulldog at the Trinity parish house reflects Pastor GT’s pet, and Sandy has a hummingbird opposite our window housing the cat. We do own a gray tabby cat. We also are familiar with the story of hobo signs, where a cat signifies that a kind lady who will feed you lives here. But, if anyone can come up with a better legend, we are willing to listen.