In the early years of the last century, Hurley was a big deal. It was the headquarters in Buchanan County for the W.M. Ritter Lumber Company and a major station on the narrow-gauge BS&C (Big Sandy and Cumberland) railroad. Google “History of the Railroad in Buchanan County VA” to read more about this era.
The town was, it is written, named for the family of S.B. Hurley, founder of the Mountain Mission Home for underprivileged and orphan children.
There’s not a whole lot left of Hurley. There is, however, a Post Office, with a leaning flag pole.