Norumbega Harmony takes its name from Norumbega Hill. Whence Norumbega? I don't know of any definitive answer, but it is most likely aboriginal. An eccentric but wealthy Harvard professor in the late Nineteenth Century had strong opinions of a Scandinavian influence, and memorialized them throughout the area. Along the banks of the Charles River in Newton, Massachusetts, one can find the Norumbega Tower (picture below), with a stone plaque set in its base, carrying the following text:
AD 1000 AD 1889 NORUMBEGA CITY . COUNTRY . FORT . RIVER NORUMBEGA = NOR MBEGA INDIAN UTTERANCE OF NORUMBEGA THE ANCIENT FORM OF NORVEGA . NORWAY TO WHICH THE REGION OF VINLAND WAS SUBJECT CITY AT AND NEAR WATERTOWN WHERE REMAIN TODAY DOCKS . WHARVES . WALLS . DAMS . BASINS COUNTRY EXTENDING FROM RHODE ISLAND TO THE ST. LAWRENCE FIRST SEEN BY BJARN HERJUFSON 985 AD NORSE CANALS . DAMS . WALLS. PAVEMENTS FORTS . TERRACED PLACES OF ASSEMBLY . REMAIN TO-DAY FORT AT BASE OF TOWER AND REGION ABOUT WAS OCCUPIED BY THE BRETON FRENCH IN THE 15TH 16TH AND 17TH CENTURIES RIVER THE CHARLES DISCOVERED BY ... ... LEIF ERICSON 1000 AD EXPLORED BY ... ... THORWALD . LEIF'S BROTHER 1003 AD COLONIZED BY ... ... THORFINN KARLSEFNI 1007 AD FIRST BISHOP ... ... ERIK GNUPSON 1121 AD INDUSTRIES FOR 350 YEARS MASUR-WOOD [BURRS] . FISH . FURS . AGRICULTURE LATEST NORSE SHIP RETURNED TO ICELAND IN 1347
The Norumbega Ballroom was a popular night-spot before television; it was located nearby but burned down in the late 1960s.
Those interested in making a personal pilgrimmage to this site can find it between the junctions of Routes 90 and 95 (the Routes 128/30 exit from the Mass. Pike) and Brandeis University - Norumbega Road is off River Road in Newton, which becomes South Street in Waltham. An alternate approach is from the Duck Feeding Area across from the Charles River Canoe Service - go north from the parking lot on Norumbega Road; the tower is at the far end of the clearing at the top of the hill.
There is a small village called Norumbega near Brooksville on the Maine coast just off the road to Deer Isle.
In the Autumn of 1994 the Harvard Graduate School of Design had an exhibition of historic maps of the New World, which showed most of New England beyond the coast as Norumbega (or some variant in spelling) from 1548 to 1647, after which time settlements with placenames had replaced the former Terra Incognita.