The first European settlers in this area found a heavily forested land that provided a good opportunity for industrial use. Starting in the early 1800s, the trees in Sicklerville were gradually cut down to make charcoal, leaving a clear-cut area that was then used for farming. Sicklerville is named for the German settler who was among the first to build a permanent home in the region. This settler also opened the area's first post office, allowing him to choose the town's name. John Sickler had changed his name after emigrating from Germany; if he had kept his original name, Sicklerville could be known as Zeiglerville.
Enjoying New Brooklyn
The Sicklerville community is fortunate to have access to a beautiful park that covers more than 750 acres of land. The expansive park has something for everyone, from hiking and cycling to canoeing and team sports like softball and volleyball. An outdoor amphitheater and picnic areas make this a great place for outdoor fun in pleasant weather. In addition to all these fun features, New Brooklyn Park also boasts a 100-acre lake that gives park visitors the opportunity to fish for bass and pickerel. New Brooklyn Park is also a great place for year-round birdwatching.
The Historic Sicklerv
Whether you like history, religious worship, or both, the Sicklerville Methodist Episcopal Church is an interesting asset to this community. Though local records conflict, the sign that still hangs on the building's outer walls indicates that this historic church was built in 1851 to serve a congregation that was around as early as the 1830s. It is said to be Sicklerville's oldest church. Though regular services for this church's contemporary congregation are held in a larger building on the church compound grounds, this charming little building, with its white board siding and small stained glass windows, is now used as a chapel.