Fort Sumner Bethesda, Maryland

Posted by BJ Matson on Friday, November 9th, 2012 at 1:43am.

Fort Sumner is a Bethesda, MD community with tradition and a very active neighborhood association.  The community is located just South of Massachusetts Ave, about a 1/4 mile East of the Potomac River.  

The 111 single family home community was built in 1956 on the site of a Civil War fort with the same name.  The fort was torn down to allow the fifteen different builders to begin construction.  Many of the original split-level and ramblers remain, however most have been renovated and have additions.  The average sales price for a home in the Fort Sumner community over the last 12 month was just over $1 million.

The neighborhood association has an annual Christmas walkway and porch lighting event using hundreds of small candles in white paper bags, a community picnic each summer, and an annual Halloween parade. These annual long-standing traditions help keep the residents of Fort Sumner together in a very close-knit group.

Then C&O Canal is a short walk from Fort Sumner. The canal operated for nearly 100 years as a lifeline for communities along the Potomac River as coal, lumber and agricultural products floated down the waterway to market. Today it endures as a pathway for discovering historical, natural and recreational treasures. Many community residents use the towpath for walking, running and biking.

The Capital Crescent Trail is also a short walk from the community.  The trail is an old rail trail project running though the Northwest DC and Maryland.  It is a very popular spot for local cyclists and rollerbladers. During weekdays, bike commuters use the CCT to travel between Downtown DC and the Northwest Suburbs.  The southern 7 miles between Georgetown and Bethesda has a 9-foot wide asphalt surface and is in excellent condition. The northern Georgetown Branch extension is a crushed gravel surface running the final 4 miles between Bethesda and Silver Spring.

The Shops at Sumner Place is a very short 5 minute drive from the community. The Shops have Safeway grocery, Starbucks, CVS, and many other shops and restaurants for the community residents to use.  Fort Sumner is a 5-10 minute drive from downtown Bethesda and Friendship Heights. Both areas have many restaurants and shops.

Montgomery County's finest schools serve the Fort Sumner community:  Wood Acres Elementary, Thomas W. Pyle Middle, and Walt Whitman High School.  Walt Whitman High School is ranked 2nd within Maryland.  Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement coursework and exams. The AP participation rate at Walt Whitman High School is very strong at 82 percent.

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