Dryden, Virginia is a small town located in the southwestern corner of Virginia. Part of Lee County, Virginia, the nearest towns to Dryden are Jonesville, Virginia which is approximately 13 miles from Dryden, and Pennington Gap, Virginia which is approximately 5 miles from Dryden. The Lee County area of Virginia has a wonderful history to speak of, the first Europeans to enter this area were Spanish explorers looking for gold. This county was originally named Russell County and was named by Confederate General Robert E. Lee's father. Territories were later combined and eventually were named Lee County. Lee County shares Cumberland Gap National Park and is greatly known for its tobacco and coal resources.