A variant spelling is "Rural Vale". A post office called Rural Vale was established in 1852, and remained in operation until 1908. The community was descriptively so named on account of its rural location.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ruralvale
- "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
- Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 194. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
- "TARVER, Malcolm Connor". US House of Representatives. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
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