See why the Village of Shepherd is the sweetest little town anywhere around. What may be surprising is Shepherd's History, it's rich and interesting. Fun fact: The village was actually named known as Salt River through the 1800's, then changed to Shepherd, after a notable man in town. So keep reading to see why you should stop by Salt River Park! A drive through Shepherd in early Spring, you will see signs of Maple Syrup all around town! Maple Bush trees are tapped around every corner! It's a village wide event.