The church was founded by Syrian immigrants who worked at the Cayuga Lake Salt Company. The plant, located below the church on Salt Point, was begun in 1891 to produce table salt using a deep well process. When it opened the plant had 100 employees. The company provided housing, and around the late 1920s the church was built to accomodate the immigrants who worked there.
The plant finally closed after a fire in 1962, and the community dwindled. With fewer worshipers the Orthodox Church stopped sending a priest, but the Divine Liturgy service was held at the church once a year. Occasional weddings and other events were also celebrated there since the '60s.
Last August that changed when the Reformed Orthodox Christian Church began holding services there. A spin-off of the Orthodox Church, Binkewicz says this congregation is an inclusive church whereby Roman Catholic, Protestants and other Orthodox Christians are welcome to worship and receive Holy Communion.