Home to the Majestic Seneca White Deer
Located in the heart of the Finger lakes, nestled between Seneca and Cayuga Lakes is the property formerly known as the Seneca Army Depot.
The Seneca Ordnance Depot, later renamed the Seneca Army Depot, was built by the United States Department of Defense in 1941 in response to the beginning of WWII and covered over 10,000 acres of central Seneca County. The Depot was a closed base and served as the US Army's main East Coast munitions storage facility until it was decommissioned in 2000.
Soon thereafter, the property was turned back over to the Seneca County IDA who developed about 3000 acres of the outer fringes to include several businesses, government offices & institutions and industry. In 2016 the remaining 7,000 acres were sold to the newly established business entity, Deer Haven Park, LLC.
Today, after more than 70 years of secrecy and locked gates, Deer haven Park offers a glimpse into this seemingly magical place, with its unique Majestic white deer herd and Mysteriously rich military history.
Join us on a tour and discover the Majesty and Mystery of Deer Haven Park!
Discover Deer Haven Park from the comfort of your own vehicle! Deer Haven Park is offering self-guided Auto Tours through the park and what was once the Seneca Army Depot.
You’ll see old the ammunition storage igloos, witness evidence of civilian farm life prior to 1940, and of course, you will have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the Majestic Seneca white deer and American Bald Eagles that reside at Deer Haven Park!
Go "Beyond the Fence"
"Beyond the Fence" is a monthly column in The Finger Lakes Times that is centered around the property formerly known as the Seneca Army Depot, and now Deer Haven Park. Go "Beyond the Fence" now with freelance author Dee Calvasina!