Tour the Depot!
Seneca White Deer, Inc. (SWD) and Finger Lakes Technologies Group, Inc. (FLTG) will offer public military history tours of the most secure portion of the former Seneca Army Depot during the first three weekends in October.
UPDATE 9/13/2012: Our 2012 Fall Tours are now FULL! Thanks to everyone for their support and hopefully we can do more tours in the future.
These tours will visit only the area known as the “Q”, which is located at the northern end of the former Depot. The “Q” was the most secure area of the Depot and reputedly stored nuclear weapons. The “Q” at the Seneca Army Depot has always intrigued the general public and was one of less than two dozen ever built around the world by the US government. The “Q” also housed a large contingent of Military Police (MPs) and used a triple layer, high-voltage electrified fence to maintain its integrity.
The tours will last more than one hour and provide plenty of opportunities to photograph formerly secret buildings, the military police compound and the ammo igloos. Actors will portray MPs of past decades and explain their duties to protect the secret weapons housed inside the igloos found in the Q area.
“We are proud to partner with Seneca White Deer to educate the public about the history of the former Depot. I have spent many summers at Seneca Lake and I know the importance of protecting this rich history,” says FLTG President and CEO, Paul Griswold. Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc., is a subsidiary of the Ontario & Trumansburg Telephone Companies (OTTC) and a Cisco premier certified partner.
Another highlight of the tour will be the opportunity to enter one of the now abandoned storage igloos and see artifacts associated with the Depot. MPs will greet each bus and provide even more information regarding the rich history of the Depot.
“The 2012 tours are a continuation of the tremendously successful tours that we conducted in 2006 and 2009. While the main theme of these tours will be the military history of the Depot and the “Q”, visitors should expect to see deer, mostly brown, but maybe a few white deer, hawks, pheasants and possibly some coyotes” states Dennis Money, President of SWD.
Saturdays and Sundays, October 6 & 7, 13 & 14 and 20 & 21.
Buses will depart each hour from the Varick Volunteer Fire Department, located on NYS Rt. 96A from 8 AM to 4PM. The facility is easy to find, and signs will also be strategically located to help people find their way. Directions can be found on the back of the registration form.
Download form here: Fall Reg 2012
All previous tours have been sold out, so don’t delay.
Adult tickets are $15, seniors (61 and over) $12, and children ages 12 and younger are $8. Carry on babies are free.
About Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc.
Finger Lakes Technologies Group Inc. www.fltg.com provides state-of-the-art voice, data and Internet solutions to business customers across New York State. The company is certified in all Cisco solutions, and it has built its own 850mile, fiber-optic network to serve the Finger Lakes region.
A subsidiary of Ontario and Trumansburg Telephone Companies, FLTG brings to its customers a more-than-100-year history in telecommunications. Headquartered in Victor, N.Y., FLTG and its parent companies employ more than 95 people combined and have offices in Phelps, Trumansburg and Buffalo.
“We really have to thank FLTG for their generosity and community interest in opening their facility gates to the public. These tours,” Money states, “are another opportunity to brand Seneca County as a leader in tourism and environmental stewardship.”