After years of fundraising, political wrangling and other hurdles, the former Seneca Army Depot is on track to open for tours. A welcome center is nearly built, a tour operations manager has been hired, and buses stand ready — almost — to take visitors beginning next month.
“We are definitely excited with the mortar and brick being built, and it’s really cool getting our act together for tourists year-round,” said Dennis Money, president of Seneca White Deer Inc. The nonprofit has been fundraising for years and promoting preservation of white deer at the site — and the potential for the former depot to be a year-round, ecotourism attraction.
Through an agreement with the depot’s new owner, Earl Martin, visitors will be able to experience the wildlife and military mysteries of the former World War II Army weapons depot. Wildlife includes the rare, white deer whose numbers had dwindled in recent years but now have a leg up due to recent developments.