There is plenty of history outside of Williamsburg, including the Berkeley Plantation in nearby Charles City. The plantation was the birthplace of President Harrison, served as the Civil War headquarters of General McClellan, witnessed the composition of “Taps” and was the site of the first official Thanksgiving in 1619. Today, costumed guides provide tours and insight. The plantation’s home, a 1726 mansion, is available for tour, as are the riverfront gardens. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.