A Historical Overview of Sicklerville, NJ

The personal injury attorneys in Sicklerville, NJ, at Garden State Justice Group, have sponsored the following article on the area's history for your reading pleasure.


The unincorporated community known as Sicklerville is located within the Winslow Township. The Atlantic City Expressway and Sicklerville Road run through this area.


In 1754 the Zeigler brothers, Christopher, John, and Jacob, would move into the area from Germany. In order to anglicize their name, they changed it to Sickler. Christopher Zeigler would settle in Chews Landing and have a son in 1765. His son John would be the first to settle in the area that would later become Sicklerville. The area had an abundance of cedar and pine trees that the residents would use to make charcoal. The charcoal was taken to Philadelphia and used to heat ore and produce metal. The trees would eventually diminish, and the town became farmland. John built his home out of cedar sometime after 1790. He would pass away in 1839 but not before having twelve children. Three of his children were boys that would go on to help develop the farming community.

One of John's sons, William, donated one acre to build a Methodist church in 1837. Prior to the church being built, residents gave sermons in their homes. The Sicklerville Methodist Church still stands today located on 406 Church Road and is the oldest church.

Paul Sickler opened a general store in 1865. In 1874 he added the town's first Post Office inside the store with a sign that read Sicklerville. However, the Williamstown Branch of the Philadelphia and Atlantic Railroad had built a station in the area, and its sign read Sicklertown. It would not be until a few years that Sicklerville would reign as the final name of the neighborhood.

Places of Worship

In addition to the Sicklerville Methodist Church, there were several other historic places of worship in the area, including:

  • R.S. Fink Shrine - the 2nd oldest - built over 127 years ago
  • Stagecoach Road Christian Fellowship
  • Iglesia ni Cristo Church
  • One Catholic church - St. Charles Borromeo


The population was 50,589 in 2010, making it New Jersey's 22nd largest neighborhood. Aside from English, Spanish and Polish are spoken here. The racial breakdown of the area consists of the following:

  • 45.3% white
  • 44.9% African American
  • 4.1% Asian
  • 7.0% Hispanic or Latino
  • 0.3% Native American
  • 0.0% Pacific Islander
  • 2.3% other races
  • 3.1% two or more races

The occupational breakdown of Sicklerville's residents is:

  • 14.01% office and administrative support
  • 11.03% sales and service jobs
  • 9.08% management and executive roles

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