Tours of former Seneca Army Depot will start this falls under a new agreement.

Tours of the former Seneca Army Depot will start in the fall of 2017 under an agreement between Seneca White Deer, Inc. and Deer Haven Park, LLC. Seneca White Deer announced plans to conduct a full-scale program of bus tours at the former depot.

The tours will feature the world’s largest herd of white, white-tail deer and other wildlife, as well as military and historic artifacts on the site in the town of Varick, near Seneca Falls, announced the nonprofit Seneca White Deer.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer tours beginning this fall. These white deer are a real treasure and to make them accessible to the public is a dream come true.” stated Dennis Money, SWD president. “We don’t have a start date for the tours yet, but we expect to have that soon. We are developing a new website that will allow visitors to see available dates and times so they can book tours online.”

Preparations for the tour program also include construction of a welcome center on the depot, hiring staff, training volunteers, and tour route preparation.

“I believe the survival of the white deer will depend on the success of these tours,” stated Earl Martin, owner of Deer Haven Park. “It’s great to have Seneca White Deer on board for the tours. They have an excellent track record and a real commitment to the deer.”

Deer Haven Park was the successful bidder when the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency sought buyers for the former depot in 2016. A key part of its bid proposal was a plan to protect the white deer.