November 8, 2017
ROMULUS, NY (WENY) -- The former Seneca Army Depot in Romulus will soon be open to the public for tours featuring the world-famous "Seneca White Deer."
Last year in August, Seneca Iron Works owner Earl Martin purchased the nearly 7,000 acre site of the former Seneca Army Depot.
Martin then teamed up with Dennis Money from the non-profit "Seneca White Deer, Inc." to create "Deer Haven Park."
"Other places have wineries, other places have scenic vistas... But only one place is going to have the white deer," says Money.
3,000 acres of the site is now preserved for the rare white-haired deer herd. Starting next Thursday, people can purchase tickets for a 90-minute guided tour, exploring inside the depot.
"You will have a couple of stops, one at a bomb shelter, one at an igloo. And along the way we're very hopeful and pretty positive that you're going to see brown deer, white deer, turkeys --- you might even see an eagle!" Money says.
More than 100 acres of food plots have been planted to help grow the white deer population. And while it's a main attraction, it's not necessarily guaranteed.
But the tours cover much more than just the wildlife. The depot's history, in-and-of-itself, will also be highlighted.
"They had the women's encampment of 1983-84, where 20,000 women were protesting the storage of nuclear weapons. You have the south end of the depot, where you have 1100 drums of pitchblend, which is uranium ore, and those 1100 drums were turned into the first two atomic bombs that were dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima," Money explains.
"You had 1,000 nuclear weapons stored in the north end of the depot called the "Q" and I think all that intrigue and all that mystery and all that history is something worth showcasing to the world and preserving," Money adds.
Tours will run Thursdays through Sundays at various times. Rates are listed below. Click here to book a tour.
SENECA WHITE DEER TOUR: Ticket Rates
Military and Seniors (Seniors over the age of 65) - $27
Children (between the ages of 5-17) - $15
Children under the age of 5 are free of charge.