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Auto Tours @ Deer Haven Park
June 17 @ 9:00 am - June 19 @ 6:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until June 19, 2021
In 1941, the United States War Department built a 10,000+ acre munition storage and disposal facility in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, in central Seneca County. During construction of the 24-mile-long perimeter fence that surrounded this Ordnance Depot, several dozen white-tail deer were trapped inside, isolating them from predators. As years passed, a few all white, white-tail deer were discovered inside the fence. With the additional protection from the US Army this, now famous, White Deer herd of Seneca County grew to become the largest of its kind in the world!
Today, the Army is gone but many of the Majestic Seneca white deer remain to roam freely within the fences, and what is left of the abandoned Seneca Army Depot. In 2016, after years of neglect, the privately owned organization Deer Haven Park purchased most of the old base and set aside a 3,000 acre preserve where the Seneca White Deer, American Bald Eagles and other wildlife can thrive.
When you visit Deer Haven Park you will hear some of the rich history of the Seneca Army Depot, one of the 4 munition storage facilities that were built in preparation for World War II. You’ll learn some of the secrets it held and the role it played to keep America free during the Cold War. While you are here, take a park tour and experience the unique habitat and its amazing flora and fauna. You will even have a chance to see the majestic Seneca White Deer!
Deer Haven Park will provide a Samsung Tablet to every group of visitors to the park. This tablet will be your tour guide as you drive your vehicle through the park on a self-guided tour. The Deer Haven Park tablet will provide the illustration and narrative to your adventure based on your location within the park. You will take an 8 mile journey deep into the park, driving on roads that hadn’t been driven on by the public for nearly 80 years!