Located just north of the DC line, Sumner is a small community in Bethesda with convenient access to Washington DC and Northern Virginia. Nestled close to the Potomac River, the area is close to a number of local trails and parks. Most of the homes were built in the earlier part of the twentieth century, though there are several new homes that been built throughout the community. Sumner boasts traditions including the annual Halloween parade, and a close-knit, voluntary citizens association. A subset of the area is Fort Sumner, a group of just over 100 homes, and takes its name from a Civil War fort from the 1800s. Every year, homeowners from across Bethesda visit Fort Sumner, as the neighborhood adorns the streets and homes with lanterns for true holiday beauty. While the Sumner community feel is abundant, Sumner boasts its own shopping center and restaurants, offering city convenience in a suburban setting.