The Truth About Barry Plath From Welcome To Plathville

Barry Plath from Welcome to Plathville is the patriarch of the ultra-conservative Plath family. The 11-strong group living out in rural Georgia follows their strict religious faith to the letter, even when it means foregoing sugary drinks, watching movies, and doing plenty of other stuff. Barry presides over his nine children — Ethan, Hosanna, Micah, Moriah, Lydia, Isaac, Amber, Cassia, and Mercy — alongside wife Kim, to whom he's been happily married for over two decades. The duo met thanks, of course, to their all-consuming faith.

TLC's Welcome to Plathville takes a closer look at Plath family life, from the struggle to resist the sweet lure of soda to eldest son Ethan's decision to marry Olivia, a young woman with plenty of opinions about the Plaths' way of life that don't always go down well with his parents. The show may provide a fascinating insight into Plathville, as it were, but Barry himself remains something of a question mark. 

Barry Plath is all about family and religion

The Plath family website advises that Kim and Barry Plath homeschool their children; perform in a family band with them, which Barry presumably manages; and hold down day jobs. While Kim is a naturopathic doctor, Barry is a transportation planner who's held his job for "the same private firm for over 25 years." (This likely means Barry has to use a computer for work, even though his kids are largely banned from doing the same...)

Religion is at the forefront of Barry's life, as anybody who's even had a passing glimpse at Welcome to Plathville can attest. His faith and the faith of his family guides them in every aspect of their daily lives, too. Barry and Kim lost their 17-month-old son Joshua in a tragic accident back in 2008, and, according to a posting by Kim on the family website, her husband was an incredible support to her during that time.

Is Barry Plath hiding some dark secrets?

According to Barry, the Plath family farm is "heaven on Earth," and, for just $100 a night, you could experience it for yourself as, according to Soap Dirt, the property is listed for rental on Airbnb. The posting has led to accusations that the Plath family don't actually live there full time as they reportedly purchased a house back in 2017 in the more suburban area of Cairo, Ga., which is close to plenty of major outlets and chain stores like Walmart and Pizza Hut. This calls their strict lifestyle into question.

Barry and Kim have had significant issues with Olivia, Ethan's wife. According to CheatSheet, following an Instagram post in which Olivia appeared to lay out all the ways the Plaths had wronged her, she claimed in the comments that it was actually Ethan's parents who manipulated them into appearing on the show in the first place, promising their son he'd get to see his estranged siblings if they agreed to take part.