Wisconsin "Cherry Orchard" stamp unveiled, orchard featured a mystery

DOOR COUNTY -- A new stamp offered by the U.S. Postal Service is honoring a familiar Door County tradition. A 45-cent "Forever Cherry Orchard Stamp" is now on sale. It was one of the "Earthscapes" images chosen by the U.S. Postal Service.

The "Cherry Orchard Stamp was unveiled Monday, October 1st at a ceremony at Southern Door County High School. The "Earthscapes" image is one of only fifteen chosen nationwide to represent natural, agricultural, and urban perspectives. It represents a cherry orchard in the small town of Brussels, Wisconsin.

"It depicts not only the viewing of the stamp itself, but also abstract art, and our stamps are a depiction of history and art and all parts of our great nation," Diane LeVeque with the U.S. Postal Service said.

"It's kind of cool being from a small community that they got recognized for something like this. It would just be nice if we could figure out which orchard it was," Brussels, Wisconsin Postmaster Paul Schmidt said.

The image for the stamp was taken in the spring, snapped by a photographer circling high above in a plane.

So exactly where is this mystery orchard? At least one cherry producer has come forward.

Karen and Gary Alexander grow cherries just up the road.

"We certainly like to think it's ours," Karen Alexander said.

Officials say the location of the orchard is unknown by design. The postal representative isn't talking.

"I think it will be that wonderful mystery," LeVeque said.

Wisconsin Cherry Growers President Terry Sorenson concurs.

"It's one of four locations. We've all kind of agreed we'll never really know," Sorensen said.