I'm not talking about wargames here, but actual games from the historical past, other than checkers, chess or tic-tac-toe.
MacGregor Historic Games is worth checking out if you want to add a little bit more to your historical impression, or if you want to experience a quaint pleasure from the past. They have some true games from antiquity, and more modern games with a historical touch.
If you prefer simpler games that can be played with a handy deck of cards or dice, here are some rules for various period games that can be played from the knapsack. In a similar vein, here's a site that has a few historical British games that were played via board, die or card. Another site describes Revolutionary War period games.