Smithfield Station Timeline

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November 24th 1986

Main building and the Restaurant open

1987

During a visit to Berlin, Germany, President Ronald Reagan challenges Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.

1988

First annual Poker Run. The event still takes place the second Saturday in July

1989

Nintendo releases the Game Boy portable video game system in North America

1990

“Simpsons” premiered on Fox-TV

1991

First annual Raft Race. The event is still a tradition every year in June

1994

Lighthouse and raw bar open

1995

Invention of the DVD is announced

1996

Raw bar converted to guest rooms

1996

Historic Downtown Main Street is revitalized with an extensive beautification project

1997

Titanic premieres

1998

Google is founded

1999

Livin’ la Vida Loca is a top US single

2000

Survivor premieres

September 13th 2001

The Inner Banks (IBX) bar and grill opens

2002

The town of Smithfield celebrates its 250th anniversary by constructing the world’s largest Ham Biscuit and is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records.

2003

Hurricane Isabelle creates a 9.5ft surge, the highest recorded tide ever

2004

The Boston Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, breaking the “Curse of the Bambino”

2005

Grey’s Anatomy premieres

2006

Fortune Magazine ranks Smithfield Foods among America’s most admired companies!

2007

Virginia celebrates its 400th anniversary

September 2007

The Lodge opens

2008

Michael Phelps surpasses Mark Spitz in Gold Medals won at a single Olympics, winning eight.

May 22nd 2009

Windsor Castle Park is dedicated

2010

Fifa World Cup is held in South Africa. It is the first time the games are held in Africa

2012

Inn remodeled and updated to match Lodge Rooms or The Lodge

2017

Smithfield Station celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary!