Raphael and Frances Simches purchased the former Baptist Church of Rensselaerville circa 1975, and turned it into a combination residence and creative work center. Mrs. Simches was known for her artistic pottery and mosaics and opened a showroom there. She died circa 1975..
- People Made It Happen Here, History of the Town of Rensselaerville ca. 1788-1950, Published 1977